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Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942 Paperback – June 24, 2016
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"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
"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
About the Author
Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime studying and writing about the wars of the past hundred years, from Ireland's war of liberation to America's invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He received a Stern Fund award for his dispatches from South Vietnam in 1964, a Verville Fellowship at the National Air & Space Museum in 1988, and the Aviation/Space Writers Award of Excellence for the first edition of his Flying Tigers history in 1991. For more about his books, go to danfordbooks.com online.
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He has done an excellent job of placing them in the context of their times. He interviewed a number of surviving Tigers, including the lesser lights of the Group, and told the truth with at best only a little varnish. He provides the specifications of the aircraft used by both sides over China and Burma, and precisely details who was stationed where, when and with how many aircraft of what types, on both sides.
He gives a good look at the interactions between Chennault, Chiang, Madame Chiang, Stilwell and Bissell; and their patrons and enemies back in Washington. How the assorted feuds amongst the principals and their patrons affected the war in the air and on the ground has never been analyzed in quite this way before. One thing I like was that Ford presents the facts as he unearthed them, and leaves it to the reader to draw conclusions as to how things went wrong and what could have been done differently, and who could have done them differently.
Ford brings the myths crashing down in flames. But he then erects a new monument to a group of heroes, some of them reluctant and all with feet of clay, who did the impossible for the ungrateful with almost nothing at all. The reader will, I think, take away an even greater respect for the men (and women) of the American Volunteer Group than he brought to the book before reading.
This one belongs on the bookshelf of all who study World War II and how it brought about the world we live in today.
To think of the chances they took and what they achieved it could make you feel a bit inadequate! they deserve a fitting tribute and i believe that this book delivers it.