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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (September 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449206513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449206515
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A vivid and moving story, as well as an exciting one . . . The humanity of the people is deeply felt.”Chicago Tribune
 
“The Banshees screaming over Korea, the perilous landings on an aircraft carrier deck ‘bouncing around like a derelict rowboat,’ a helicopter rescue from the freezing waters . . . all are stirringly rendered.”The Denver Post
 
“Michener’s best . . . a story of action, ideas, and civilization’s responsibilities.”Saturday Review

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Young and innocent, they came to a place they had barely heard of, prepared for war. They were American fighter pilots, trained but frightened, facing an an enemy they couldn't understand, and waging a war they had to win....

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I was thrilled to receive it - now I have read it.
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This book was great, its the first time in a long time that I've actually finished a book that i started reading.
Tim Hoover
This novel is an excellent account of a Navy pilot in the Korean War.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have heard the Korean War described as America's "forgotten war," so I was eager to read James Michener's "The Bridges at Toko-Ri." A short novel about United States fighter pilots taking part in the Korean conflict, this book is an entertaining, and often very thoughtful, story of this era.
The plot of the book is driven by a daring plan to destroy the strategic bridges of the title. The main characters in the story are George Tarrant, a no-nonsense admiral with a painful personal burden; Mike Forney, a tough and passionate Irish-American enlisted man; and Harry Brubaker, a husband and father who resents being recalled to military service as a pilot.
Michener creates an effective blend of action and personal drama. His narrative is full of interesting, vividly rendered details about life on an aircraft carrier.
Yes, some of the book's characters and situations seem a bit stereotypical; the female characters, in particular, struck me as one-dimensional. But overall this book is an impressive achievement. Michener creates a compelling portrait of men at war. This book deserves a continuing audience; I thank Michener for helping to keep the legacy of Korean War veterans alive with this novel.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scott Swindle on April 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is almost a novella; it can easily be read in an afternoon. I read this after seeing the movie, and it's one of those rare occassions where I like the movie better than the book. The book is still compelling, though. A Navy attack pilot is reluctantly thrust into the Korean War, and seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown. This man wants nothing more than to come home to his wife and kids, all of whom he loves deeply. In case you've never seen it, I highly recommend the 1954 movie with William Holden, Frederic March, Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman. Only minor parts of the story were changed for the movie, otherwise it's very faithful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
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I read this book voluntarily for a book report as a freshman in high school, and found that I was also able to tie it into a history project. The story really makes it easier to understand the feelings and happenings of the misunderstood Korean War, also called the "forgotten war". I recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about this war or just enjoys action books in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymond D. Curry on May 30, 2000
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A good but very short novel about the Korean War that was written in 1953. Although short, the novel touches on many issues, the dangers faced by bomber pilots and their courage, the political reasons why were fighting in Korean, the unfairness to those who were chosen to fight, and the ignorance of the American public about the ongoing war.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 19, 2002
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The Bridges at Toko-Ri is the story of a naval pilot, Harry Brubaker, during the Korean War. He is assigned the very dangerous mission to attack and destroy the bridges at Toko-Ri, a possible turning point in the war. The book follows the events before the bombing. For example, in the beginning of the book, he crashes his plane into the ocean. He also goes to see his wife in Japan. After meeting his wife, he finds out that no one in America knows about the war. The book goes into great detail of his feelings before the bombing. Will he make it, or will he fail his mission? I guess you will have to read the book to find out.
I thought this book was good but had some very confusing parts. The book kept you in suspense the whole time, with events you would never guess would happen. The author wrote the book to make you feel like you were piloting the plane. The major problem I had with the book was all the military terminology. During flight scenes, I had a hard time understanding some of the information, because the author used a lot of military terminology. Overall, the book is easy to read.
I would definately recommend this book to all people. I would especially recommend it to people who enjoy military history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "reedright" on June 19, 2003
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Compared to most of Michener's other large tomes this differs in two immediately noticeable ways. Firstly, it is a very short novel coming in at about 125 pages compared to many that are 1000 pages or more. Secondly it is fast paced compared to many of his other novels.
The worlds of war and of peace, highlighted in the first two chapters are brought together in a poignant and thought provoking manner in the final chapter.
The subject matter is not pleasant, covering as it does a major war situation in Korea and how it impacts upon many people, but it is a thought provoking publication and worthy of a read - the length and pace making it possible for many readers to read it in one day. The story and message though have lingered with me for much longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By August Day on June 6, 2012
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This small novel from Michener is a moving and artistically masterful little book which gives meaning and hope to the bitterness of war. I call it a time capsul becuase it represents a lost American culture. A culture of self sacrifice and honor, tempered with a sort of traditional manly pride and a feminity that has been essentially erased by the passing of time. The charaters are all bight and vivid and very well developed in so few pages. The internal thoughts of the main character are a fasinating interpretation of the human phsycology pushed to the brink by stress and the abstract,but very powerful emotions of love, brotherhood,duty and fear.I very dearly wish that the world I live in was still populated by the same sort of men and women described in this novel, which very accurately reflects its time. I also wish that the red beast these heros are fighting mano a mano ,so to speak, had not slipped in the back door dressed in rainbows and business suits and ruined the fine and blessed society we had in 1953.
May God bless and protect all true patriots and Americas fighting men.
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