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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

• Full color, precision artwork by Jack Fellow depicting the action as it happened.
• Hardcover book with previously unpublished color and black and white photographs of the men and their aircraft.
• Color maps help describe the areas of action in the 70 million square miles of the Pacific.
• Authors Ann and Charlie Cooper previously collaborated on Tuskegee’s Heroes, Featuring the Art of Roy La Grone and How to Draw Aircraft like a Pro. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Philip Handleman has been an active private pilot for more than 35 years and currently owns and flies two aircraft of military lineage, including an open-cockpit biplane primary trainer of World War II vintage. His deep attachment to the world of flight is reflected in the 19 aviation-related books he has written, including two previous works on the Reno Air Races.
Jack Fellows is a widely recognized expert on aerial events of World War II. Fellows' paintings illustrate the stark contrast between the Pacific air war and the tranquil and peaceful Pacific Ocean.
Ann Cooper has written nine books and hundreds of articles on aviation and aviation art. She is a pilot, flight instructor and an inductee of the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Charlie Cooper is a retired Air Force major general and master navigator. Jack Fellows is a widely recognized expert on aerial events of World War II. Fellows' paintings illustrate the stark contrast between the Pacific air war and the tranquil and peaceful Pacific Ocean.
Charlie Cooper is a retired Air Force major general and master navigator.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The best painters are capable of capturing events with more realism and excitement than any photograph or movie ever could. Thanks to the great Jack Fellows, War in Pacific Skies is more of an adrenaline rush than any Hollywood movie on the subject. You can stare at a single one of his paintings for practically an hour and feel transported back in time to the event it portrays. The text is also rich with historical detail, but buy this one for the paintings. First rate!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Jean on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A large selection of stunning paintings by Jack Fellows.
I like his style, very dynamic and close to Michael Turner's art.
Book is well printed and the not-so-often seen photos are a nice bonus.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The description somewhat misrepresents the contents of the book. It is PRIMARILY a vehicle to present Fellows artwork, wrapped in some uninspired text and often-seen photographs. I could not find anywhere the "personal insights" referenced. If you like Fellows art and buy the book for that ALONE you will like it. The text is boring and rehashes common ground with nothing new or "insightful".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Charlie and Ann Cooper provide a comprehensive history of the Pacific air war in this 2010 Zenith Press softcover release. (The hardcover came out in 2003). The book's main selling point is the 100 dramatic and evocative paintings done by master artist Jack Fellows that compliment the text. While the text is informative enough, Fellows' artwork takes the book to a whole different level.

After an introductory 'Prelude to War' unit, the Coopers detail the PTO air war in chapters entitled 'Imperial Japan Seizes the Offensive,' 'The End of the Beginning,' 'Moving on Moresby,' 'Cactus Air Force,' 'Pacific Strategy' and so on. The text accurately if rather dispassionately describes the various battles, campaigns and missions flown during the war. Though the cover promised "Personal Insights" by combat veterans, I didn't see nary a one.

Fellows' artwork, though, is simply wonderful. His paintings - whether they portray a P-38 locked in a dogfight, B-25s strafing Japanese airfields at zero feet, a P-47 rolling in on a target, an SBD attacking a Japanese BB or a B-24 going mano-a-mano with an Emily flying boat - knock your socks off. His paintings are as technically accurate as they are dramatic and appealing. I couldn't begin to list my most favorite painting in WAR IN PACIFIC SKIES if I tried. They're just too many top-notch scenes.

At $27.99, WAR IN PACIFIC SKIES is a bargain. The text is adequate; the artwork, superb. Air war buffs will want to pick up a copy of this gem. Recommended.
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Excellent book - high quality, compelling depictions of Pacific air action by artist Jack Fellows.
Comprehensive and interesting written segments about each of the many air combat actions throughout the Pacific campaign.
The art is top-notch and covers so many of the individual and collective efforts of pilots and squadrons from the outbreak of war at Pearl Harbor through the Marianas, Gilbert Islands, Aleutians, Solomons, etc.
Highly recommend this big, dramatic book!
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