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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good, reading and quite enjoyable all the way through,.I could visualize the man I was introduced to at the Miramar Air Show.Published 6 days ago by Charles Todd III
Story about a great hero which falls short. I was looking for more about the Flying Tigers and Black Sheep.Published 1 month ago by Michael Riccomi
My husband loves it great read signed by Pappy priceless to my husbandPublished 1 month ago by Debra
My husband is a big WWII buff. I bought this for him for his birthday which is not until December. I know he will love it.Published 1 month ago by Big D
This book tells the real story of the Black Sheep Squadron. Loved every minute of it.Published 3 months ago by Andy Boy
A great story written by a great man about his
victories in battle, and ultimately in his personal life.
Sure, some complain about his writing style... Read more