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Baa Baa Black Sheep Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1977
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After reading this book, however, I'm not quite so sure. In it, Boyington readily admits that he was a "drunk" and a "bum," and he allows as how he liked to wrestle a bit. As to his claim of six enemy planes while with the AVG, his explanation is easily believable. As he explains it: In order to get credit for a kill with the AVG you almost had to bring your victim back to the landing field in your teeth and drop it where everyone could see it, whereas the majority of his kills had been 75 to 100 miles away, most times behind enemy lines. In addition, and most likely with some merit, he states that the records of his actions at Rangoon were lost when that city fell to the Japanese. With regard to his being "dishonorably discharged" from the AVG, Boyington acknowledges that he left shortly before the remaining volunteers were forced/coerced into the Army Air Corps as 2nd lieutenants. But once again his explanation rings true.Read more ›
Reading the book, it appears Boyington wrote it himself without the help of a ghost writer or editor, and it shows. It rambles at times, meditates, confuses, dwells on his drinking problems... But overall, Boyington delivers the goods: (1) a pre-war background; (2) his work in China; (3) the Black Sheep aviators; (4) his being shot down by the Japanese; (5) his internment; and (6) after the war.
Boyington, the author, treats us to the use of "tough guy" 1940-1945 words and expressions, which is refreshing, and he goes into detail on some events which could have been left out but which, nevertheless, are very interesting (traveling as a missionary, adventures ashore, etc.) and give the book a special touch.
His capture by the Japanese was what I was after, and I was well satisfied. Boyington goes into great detail and, by his method of writing, makes the reader feel you could actually see him sitting there begging sake from the Japanese guards while he worked in the kitchen preparing for one of their celebrations.
A nice book, better written by Boyington than by a ghost writer. It captures the essence of the moment.
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Couldn't put it down, Pappy is a true hero!
His book is a true perspective of his time before , during and after WWII,
For a person I have known, but now understand more about. A good man, doing something that only a few understand.Published 16 days ago by Darell Hunt
Boyington's book gives remarkable insight into a tragic hero. Allowing for the "fog of war", as well as the fog of alcoholism, he gives an excellent account of not only his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Smith