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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage Paperback – September 14, 2004
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What cripples the book is the author's belief that he has to give you a history lesson. As a result, he starts his account of the raids on the island by describing Japan prior to Admiral Perry's arrival in 1852. He takes a sort of anecdotal approach to things, recounting various events in American and Japanese history. His reason for doing this, apparently, is to give the events of the subject of the book context.
And that brings us to the main difficulty with the book. The author has a rather skewed view of American history, one that's decidedly more critical of it than is warranted, at least in my view. Further, his recounting of fact is at times inaccurate and incomplete. There is one good thing he doesn't do: he doesn't attempt to minimize Japanese atrocities in WW2. What he does instead is insist that the Americans committed crimes just as terrible, the implication being that the Japanese were punished because they lost the war.
Let me go over these accusations in some detail, so I'm not misunderstood and we're all clear.Read more ›
Please be aware this book contains some horrific details of the murder and muliation of US service men by Japanese forces in the Pacific which may be well beyond the comfort level of some readers.
There was much about this book I found compelling:
The Flyboys themselves were wonderful, admirable characters which demonstrate once again the debt owed to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who fought along side them.
Flyboys is one of a number of books which at long last are addressing openly the horrifying facts of Japanese behavior in the Pacific theater. Unfortunately, this is coming generations too late to avoid the near universal denial of such things in Japan over the last 60 years.
The US knew far more of the details of prisoner treatment and execution than if shared with the public or with families.
However, there was one huge negative I never could quite overcome and that was the author's continual effort to compare US actions such as the use of fire bombing Tokyo to the actions of Japanese officers in the field which are not moral equals. To question whether the use of napalm was an effective war measure is fair. to use it to justify sadistic murder and canibalism strains jouranlistic, even novelistic credulity to the breaking point.
As the son of a WWII vet Bradley of all people should understand that war, any war no matter how unavoidable, is an obsenity requiring good men to place the great deal of their humanity aside so that they may restain an even greater evil.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew little of WWII in the Pacific. This book tells in graphic detail the horrific atrocities inflicted on one another during this period of our history. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Craig S.
Interesting view into WWII history, especially because this book looks back in time to the initial contact when US ships sailed into Japanese harbors. Read morePublished 18 days ago by S. E.
In regard to the actual "Flyboys" themselves, I was glad to learn of these American heroes. I am always glad to learn of the stories of somewhat ordinary men and women who... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Francis C. Donnelly
My wife and I both use Kindle but don't read the same kind of books; military history has never been a major interest for her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic read. Opened eyes to Japanese system did not know or American system did not think about. Realization that a few can control so many.Published 1 month ago by Carl Tamulevich
So much history we learn growing up and some of it we don't have a clue! Very disturbing the barbarianism that the human race is capable of, especially during a time of war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Dowse
Its strength is its weakness: Bradley is so concerned to personalize the story around the lives of his main characters that the bigger story of the role of aviation gets bogged... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pixleman