By James Bradley. Bush after he was shot down during a bombing raid on the Pacific Island of Chichi Jima in Considerably less has been written about the eight other American "flyboys" who were shot down during the Chichi Jima raids and were captured by the Japanese. Until author James Bradley began his investigation, even the families of these downed airmen knew little about their fate. The military did know but withheld the information for nearly 60 years to save families from the knowledge of the beheadings and cannibalism and gruesome tortures that had occurred after the airmen's capture. One of those men was his father.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Flyboys by James D. Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there-were shot down.
Flyboys , a story of war and horror but also of friendship and honor, tells the story of those men. Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese commun Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there-were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.
Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima.
The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder. Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men.
Bradley's quest for the truth took him from dusty attics in American small towns, to untapped government archives containing classified documents, to the heart of Japan, and finally to Chichi Jima itself. What he discovered was a mystery that dated back far before World War II-back years, to America's westward expansion and Japan's first confrontation with the western world. Bradley brings into vivid focus these brave young men who went to war for their country, and through their lives he also tells the larger story of two nations in a hellish war.
With no easy moralizing, Bradley presents history in all its savage complexity, including the Japanese warrior mentality that fostered inhuman brutality and the U. And, after almost sixty years of mystery, Bradley finally reveals the fate of the eight American Flyboys, all of whom would ultimately face a moment and a decision that few of us can even imagine. Flyboys is a story of war and horror but also of friendship and honor. It is about how we die, and how we live-including the tale of the Flyboy who escaped capture, a young Navy pilot named George H.
Bush who would one day become president of the United States. A masterpiece of historical narrative, Flyboys will change forever our understanding of the Pacific war and the very things we fight for. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flyboys , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 28, Joseph rated it it was amazing Recommended to Joseph by: My dad. This book literally changed my view of the world. I was amazed, shocked, disgusted, astounded and inspired. This is one of those books that gives you a different perspective on history than the one you receive in school and it turned my perception of the world on its head in a good way.
This is a bit of history that sh This book literally changed my view of the world. This is a bit of history that should never be repeated, and therefore, should certainly be remembered. The content was gripping and although the writing style or perhaps the meticulously researched nature of the information?
View all 6 comments. Apr 17, Shaun rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , read-in This is the first time I've read a book that has made me feel like I needed to take a shower afterwards. It's brutal. It's in your face graphic. It's violent. If this had been a movie, I would've gotten up and walked out. I have almost no tolerance for violence.
But, I realized this book was important. This wasn't gratuitous violence meant to thrill and excite. This was honesty at its best When I think of W This is the first time I've read a book that has made me feel like I needed to take a shower afterwards. But when it comes to war, it would seem all parties involved have something to feel shameful about. At times Flyboys made me ashamed to be an American. At other times it made me ashamed to be part of the human race, period.
This General Curtis LeMay quote sums it up: "Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier.
It's only barbarous until you do it This book made me feel so many things. Ultimately, it reinforced that while not all things are fair in love or war Was dropping the A-bomb For that matter, were the brutal napalm attacks any more humane than the A-bomb?
Were the Japanese attempts to claim uncivilized China really any different than America's campaign against the native American Indians? What makes this account which focuses on the flyboys and America's air fleet so compelling is that Bradley seems to hold nothing back in the telling.
He doesn't decide for you Often a good book leaves you with more questions than answers and that is the kind of book this was. Excellent read, even if it was a hard one. View all 4 comments.
Shelves: 5-star-books , history. My ignorance about the Second World War in the Pacific was shameful, but thanks to this brilliant book that has been to a degree rectified. It presents a marvellous overview not only of crucial events, but of the history leading up to both Japan and America's involvement in that war. It's a difficult read, purely because the book contains so much about violence and human degradation, but I personally feel these are things I ought to know.
In my spoiler I give a very long and thorough synopsis of My ignorance about the Second World War in the Pacific was shameful, but thanks to this brilliant book that has been to a degree rectified. In my spoiler I give a very long and thorough synopsis of aspects of the book that particularly interested me mostly quotes from the book , and here I just note some of my general feelings after reading it.
I have Japanese friends. I make it clear that I have respect for the Japanese now because they have changed their attitude. Like Barry, I am now convinced that any culture can be indoctrinated into the crazy ideas of its leaders - especially totalitarian cultures, In Japan's case this involved a ferocious commitment to military expansionism, a savage military culture, and this combined with a will never to surrender.
The first thing I encountered when reading this book - to my surprise - was a great feeling of pity for the young men who entered and fought in the Japanese army.
An overwhelming sorrow for what they had to endure. Yes, the treatment they meted out to prisoners of war was terrible, but their own experiences in the army were terrible too. The book showed me levels of human depravity that I hadn't realised existed. Man's inhumanity to man can be truly extraordinary. Every society has people who are sadists and enjoy violence. They must be kept out of the army as much as possible, and certainly great efforts should be made to keep them out of senior army posts.
They should never be put in charge of soldiers. Many of the Japanese interviewed after the war showed revulsion and sorrow for acts they had committed during the war.
BOOKS OF THE TIMES; The Devil's in the Details of a Hellish Account of War
The author of Flags of Our Fathers achieves considerable but not equal success in this new Pacific War—themed history. Again he approaches the conflict focused on a small group of men: nine American Navy and Marine aviators who were shot down off the Japanese-held island of Chichi Jima in February All of them were eventually executed by the Japanese; several of the guilty parties were tried and condemned as war criminals. When the book keeps its eye on the aviators—growing up under a variety of conditions before the war, entering service, serving as the U. Navy's spearhead aboard the fast carriers, or facing captivity and death—it is as compelling as its predecessor. However, a chapter on prewar aviation is an uncritical panegyric to WWI aerial bombing advocate Billy Mitchell, who was eventually court-martialed for criticizing armed forces brass. More problematic is that Bradley tries to encompass not only the whole history of the Pacific War, but the whole history of the cultures of the two opposing countries that led to the racial attitudes which both sides brought to the war.
'Flyboys' by James Bradley
This event is now known as the Chichijima incident. The book documents the backgrounds of several American airmen who flew raids over Japan during World War II, and includes interviews with Japanese veterans of the conflict as well as the family and friends of some of the American airmen. It describes an air raid over the island of Chichi-jima in which ten crewmen survived being shot down, with nine captured and subsequently killed and cannibalized by their captors. Bush , eluded capture.
FLYBOYS: A True Story of Courage
This book may have hit best-seller lists, but its popularity is no guarantee of the benign. Think of all the budding book lovers who raced out to read ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,'' only to be regaled with a gruesome showdown at the end of the story. Think of the audiences who briefly made the hyper-gory ''Kill Bill: Vol. It has all the earmarks of a nice gift for Dad: heroes, fighter planes, remarkable acts of derring-do.
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
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