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The Lady and the Tigers: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Served with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, 1941-1942 Paperback – December 26, 2011
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"All about the Mexican-born beauty who helped create the myth of the Flying Tigers." -- Annals of the Flying Tigers online
"An authoritative, gusty, and true-to-life story of the AVG" -- Leland Stowe, They Shall Not Sleep
"Mrs. Greenlaw has brought [the Flying Tigers] to lusty life with injections of her world-wise personality" -- New York Times Book Review
"She was in a man's world, playing a man's game, doing her share to make a great undertaking worthwhile" -- San Francisco Chronicle
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Harvey came back, and with him Little Oley. They had a jeep and the Ford truck with "RAF" still painted on it, loaded with cases of whiskey and gin, cigarettes, boxes of sugar, tins of hard candy and biscuits. "Loot," said Harvey. "And food for the AVG."
Olga Greenlaw joined the Flying Tigers because her husband did. She soon became the keeper of the group's War Diary, a sex symbol, and the surrogate mother of a band of lonely American pilots. In April 1942, as Burma crumbled before the Japanese onslaught, she was nearly trapped in Lashio. This is her story, as only she could have told it.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 26, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 194 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1456415328
- ISBN-13 : 978-1456415327
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the editors comments helpful, as well as his additional info where he lets the reader know what happened to her later in life after she divorced Greenlaw. Overall I enjoyed it.
Unlike "Pappy" Boyington, Ms. Greenlaw had a reputation as an accurate and keen observer [she has other reputations as well; we will never know the whole story.) But the story of a guy taking his wife to war, and her accounts of living at embattled airfields in Southeast Asia while the Japanese onslaught engulfed that part of the world, take us back to a remarkably different time.
Like Boyington's role in the famous Marine "Black Sheep," the story of the Flying Tigers is a short one, from Pearl harbor Day to the following Spring (1942). Ms. Greenlaw shears the hype and the PR glamour from the "Flying Tigers" tale, and actually makes these mercenaries and their story more real and more interesting. A very good read.
This did not give me the technical information I was seeking....it is a memoir--not an actual history of the Flying Tigers. It was an interesting read.