Er... which one? LOL... At any rate, just finished another page turner: Flyboys: A True Story of Courage Hardcover: 414 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (September 30, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316105848 ISBN-13: 978-0316105842 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches Shipping Weight: 2 pounds Available used from Amazon starting from about USD$ 0.01 (that's right, a penny). Spoiler: Description From Amazons Web Site From Publishers Weekly 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 1945. 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. S. 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. Those attitudes, Bradley argues, played a large role in the brutal training of the Japanese army, which led to atrocities that in turn sharpened already keen American hostility. Some readers' hackles will rise at the discussion of the guilt of both sides, but, despite some missteps, Bradley attempts to strike an informed balance with the perspective of more than half a century. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Bradley's phenomenal best-seller, Flags of Our Fathers (2000), was rejected by about 20 publishing houses before Bantam took a chance. His new publisher is not leaving the popularity of the encore to chance, launching it with an intense promotional campaign. Structured similarly to Flags, which concerned the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima, this work reconstructs the lives of several young men at war. Eight pilots and airmen were shot down by the Japanese military at Chichi Jima in 1944-45, George H. W. Bush among them. A well-known part of his political biography, Bush's story of escape is recounted somberly (Bush's crewmates died). The fates of the others shot down, who were captured, Bradley gathered in part from a source that was secret until a few years ago: records of a war-crimes trial of Japanese officers in command at Chichi Jima. Bradley sensitively builds the trial's unpleasant evidence (concealed, presumably, to spare pain to the airmen's relatives) into the narrative, which he frames with a portrayal of the Japanese military mind-set, which condoned the commission of atrocities. There are many brutally graphic passages about the torture and slaying of the American prisoners, which may prove too daunting for some readers, but Bradley succeeds in restoring dignity to the American airmen. Sure to command a large audience. Gilbert Taylor Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved An amazing tale that not only reads like a crime novel but imparts extensive knowledge of social, political and military history in a way that unflinchingly looks beyond any pretense of moral high ground on either side leading up to the second world war. A compelling and brutally honest work, demonstrating that ethics often fell onto a sword of expedience, especially during armed conflicts. I read many negative reviews that panned this book on the basis of 'revisionism' from Bradley's 'trashing' of America's untarnished sanitized version of history. But, IMHO, this was likely the most accurate rendering of US pre-war Pacific involvement, that I've read in a long while; it is guaranteed to make the average flag waving Yankee very uncomfortable. My personal rating of 5/5 stars.