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Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen Hardcover – January 31, 2001
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One thing that the book does very well is to give credit not just to the pilots who saw combat action in the war, but also to all of the people that made it possible for them to get there. It should be noted that, although initially it was not the case, the Tuskegee Army Air Field was staffed almost entirely by black soldiers at every level. Everyone from mess hall workers, to entertainers, to mechanics, to weather observers was black. White soldiers only held assignments there temporarily while black soldiers were being rotated into their positions.Read more ›
The book itself presents exhaustive research into the the origins of the program, testimony for and against its development, and records of Tuskeegee-trained airmen in combat and in the post-war USAF. But two-thirds of the way into the book, once the title material is exhausted, it begins a survey of pre-WWII black aviation pioneers. This material is also well-researched, but a bit awkward in its sequence and given the title. Should this have been published as two separate books?
Voluminous research presented the authors with a great challenge: how could all the information be made readable? The authors often succeeded at this task. Note the story of the 99th squadron's first air-to-air kill, and how that is woven back into the discussion of the Army Air Corps' resistance to establishing the squadron in the first place.
This is a good read, if not always compelling. Youth in search of heros need to look beyond the sports and recording industries to discover the Tuskeegee Airmen. Excerpts from this book may provide that introduction.
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BLACK KNIGHTS, IS GREAT AND EXCITING BOOK on the Tuskegee Airmen I commend the author.
Tyrone Haymore, historian
I met a few of the pilots. These guys are my heroes. And without them their would be no civil rights disability rights ect. Read morePublished 7 months ago by millionaremind
The first 70 pages were very boring. So far I' not impressed.Published 10 months ago by Frank Bratjan
My husband has met a original member of the Tuskegee Airman. He considers it a great honor.Published 15 months ago by Virginia Spraw