From Library Journal
Many books, articles, films, and TV productions have appeared on the legendary exploits of the Flying Tigers, General Chennault's small band of U.S. Army and Navy pilots recruited to fly for China in 1941. This is not another laudatory work. The author tries to strip away many of the legends surrounding the Group. There were never more than 100 pilots (not 200). Some of them enlisted for adventure and some for patriotic reasons. The majority were attracted by the salary--$500 per month plus a bonus for every enemy plane destroyed--much more than they could earn in the peacetime Army. Most served out their year's contract, collected that money, and went home. Contrary to popular opinion, they were not fighting the Japanese before America entered the war. They did not see action until December 7th. The Group destroyed 115 enemy planes and lost 22. Actually they had little influence on the outcome of World War II; but 50 years later the publicity rolls on. A worthwhile addition to aviation and World War II collections. P.S., John Wayne never served with the Flying Tigers. For a roundup of books on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War, see "Day of Infamy in Print," LJ 9/1/91, p. 206-7.--Ed.- Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
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"Every page contains a new tidbit of information and rich, long-forgotten detail.... A riveting read." -- World War II History"A worthwhile addition to aviation and World War II collections." -- Library Journal
"Having been a fan of the Flying Tigers since I saw the John Wayne movie as a kid, I picked up this updated version of their impressive combat history. One of the most interesting aspects of Ford's well-researched book is its in-depth coverage of 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) personnel, an odd lot of rugged individualists. --Col. Gordon Keiser, United States Naval Institute 'Proceedings'
In this second edition of his 'revisionist' history masterpiece, Daniel Ford tightens up the tale ... and adds dramatic new details. -- JDR on SeacoastNH
"A first-rate history." -- Boston Globe
"A major contribution to the history of the air war in the Pacific." --Don Lopez, US Army 23rd Fighter Group Flying Tigers
"Admirable--a readable book based on sound sources. Expect a few surprises." -- Air Power Historian
"Meticulously researched, carefully documented." -- Washington Times
"Totally engrossing--just like reliving those days fifty years ago." -- Robert Neale, AVG 1st Squadron
"War history as it should be written." -- The Hook
"Without question, the most readable and complete account of the AVG yet written." -- Air & Space / Smithsonian
"In this vivid and fact-filled historical account of aerial combat, Daniel Ford completely updates and revises his 1991 work describing the extraordinary accomplishments of the pilots and support crews of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) in the earliest days of World War II.... Ford closes his book with these words: "More than sixty years ago, in their incandescent youth, they were heroes to a nation that needed heroes. . . . All honor to them." Indeed, and acclaim to Daniel Ford for his thorough telling of an eventful war in the air, one that should be remembered." -- William Calhoun