Book Review: Flyboys by James Bradley

July 22, 2015

About:
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley is a non-fiction book about pilots in World War II. Mr. Bradley wrote several World War II books, the most famous is Flags of Our Fathers.

  • 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031610728X

Book Review Flyboys James Bradley

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Thoughts:
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley is an interesting book about a group of young men who had no idea what they were getting themselves into. They were brave men who watched their friends die and still flew day in and day out.

I especially liked the beginning of the book where Mr. Bradley talks about the history of Japan, explaining how it came to invade other countries and their feudalistic culture. The latter came into importance in the Japanese Army which made it impossible for soldiers to refuse even the most inhumane orders.

Mr. Bradley chose a strange way to tell this story. The author jumps around a lot between history, personal stories and timelines and it’s difficult, at some points, to keep track or coherence.

While there are some other issues with this book, it is a solid tribute to the brave Flyboys in WWII. I would love to read his full interview with George H. W. Bush, who came across as genuine, talented and modest.

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One Comment

  • Ethan July 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Great review! I remember reading this one a few years ago. I found the changing perspectives a bit hard to follow, but it was still a fascinating history.

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