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Author: James Bradley Narrator: James Bradley, Robert Petkoff Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781594833014

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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 communications towers there-were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. 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 150 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.S. military strategy that justified attacks on millions of civilians. 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. W. 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.

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Quotes

  • “Bradley has once again given us the human face of a war…a triumph of careful listening…and most of all…empathy.”

    - Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A powerful, compelling look at a tragic time in our history.”

    - W. E. B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
  • Bradley combines his tenacious detective skills with his gifts as a master storyteller to produce a tragic epic of two empires.

    - Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking
  • Flyboys is not just a 'true story of courage' but a frightening reminder of the savagery human beings are capable of and the terrible moral choices nations at war must make.

    - James D. Fairbanks, Houston Chronicle
  • A gripping story.... Bradley tackles thorny issues head-on.

    - Mark Lewis, Los Angeles Times
  • Bradley has written a clear-eyed, heartfelt approach to a little-known corner of the 20th century's largest and most violent upheaval, while at the same time shining a light on some of that generation's finest.

    - Tom Walker, Denver Post

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today Pick of 10 Bestselling Military Books

Customer Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " For anyone who knows friends or had family members that fought in the Pacific in WWII; this book may help explain why the never liked to talk about their experiences. "

    - Chris, 2/19/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a sad story - but a story the needed to be told. It really made me understand the War in the Pacific a lot better - despite the fact that I've been studying World War II for the past 25 years. "

    - Jeffrey, 2/12/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book is horrific. A tale of courage and craziness during the fighting in and around Japan via WWII. This book is not for the faint of heart (I could probably read this during certain parts of my life and would prefer not to read it during others). Intense. "

    - Ashley, 2/8/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very well written, interesting book covering the background lives of soldiers engaged in Iwo Jima near the end of WWII. "

    - Craig, 2/1/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Pretty graphic,but stories about WWII I have never heard before. "

    - Carollee, 1/30/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I wish every American who views WWII with simplistic patriotism would read this book. It is incredibly thought provoking and drives home a relatively simple point: that in most ways war has no real winners. "

    - Brent, 1/28/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The actual story of the airmen was not the best part, but I found the reasons behind the war and the insight into Japanese thinking at the time most interesting. "

    - Aiden, 1/25/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I usually like WWII books, but this one was so sad and descriptive that I could barely stomach it. There were times (while I was listening on my way to work) that I thought I would lose my breakfast. So sad to see the results of such evil! "

    - Julia, 1/14/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " James Bradley gives a thorough history of all that led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and what the the Flyboys of the Pacific went through during the war. A little gory at times. "

    - Ms., 1/13/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book made me see WWII from an entirely different perspective than what I learned in history class, and for that reason alone, I highly recommend it. It's a very rough and horrifying book -- not for the faint of heart. "

    - deLille, 12/13/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great epic. Bradley provides just enough historical background to put you in the cockpit of some true American heroes. "

    - Matt, 12/11/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Best WWII book I have read. "

    - Ted, 12/9/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I was intrigued and interested the entire book. I am not a non-fiction fan, but this mostly read like fiction and is an amazing testament to what our soldiers endure in the name of freedom. "

    - Kimberly, 11/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Who knew what a true war hero George H.W. Bush was. Shame on politicians who tried to disparage what he did. "

    - Scot, 5/16/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " a very tragic read of the war between the Japanese and Americans. I really appreciate what George H.W. Bush went through along with his war heros. "

    - Wendy, 5/7/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Possibly the best book I have ever read. "

    - Dallas, 2/21/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " listened to abridged version - learned a lot - most of it not good. May not be suitable for 8th grade library. "

    - Margaret, 11/25/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is a historical account off the war against Japan, of which makes parts of the book hard to read. But this is real History, and should be read, less the world forget! "

    - Robert, 4/14/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " this book covers so much history from japan that it's one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. "

    - Heath, 2/21/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A riveting tale of brutal warfare in the Pacific during WWII. "

    - Gregp, 1/20/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a hard read, but well worth it. War does horrible things to ordinary people. Doesn't seem to matter what side you're on. "

    - Justjoe22, 12/28/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " great History of lost pilots of world war two and their stories of heroism and sacrifice. reads much like a novel "

    - Lou, 12/11/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent account of WWII more from the Japanese point of view. "

    - Dori, 5/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. "

    - Zack, 5/20/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Bradley has a way with delivering historical events. He was very descriptive in what happened to these boys who took part in WWII. "

    - Jennifer, 5/8/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent book. Horrifying on the awful things we do to one another during war. Made me understand the Atomic bombings of Japan, which had caused me to feel shame and guilt for being a part of such a terrible act. "

    - Bill, 4/17/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I could not actually finish it because it was so disturbing. But it really opened my eyes to the horror of war and dehumanization. "

    - Shawn, 3/24/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a sad story - but a story the needed to be told. It really made me understand the War in the Pacific a lot better - despite the fact that I've been studying World War II for the past 25 years. "

    - Jeffrey, 3/23/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great story of our American Patriots. Great to hear both sides of the story, which we don't often get to find out about. Graphic detail grounded my thinking that War is an ugly thing, for everyone involved. I thank all our Veterans for their sacrifice! "

    - Paulette, 2/20/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Who knew what a true war hero George H.W. Bush was. Shame on politicians who tried to disparage what he did. "

    - Scot, 2/17/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was an amazing book! I learned so much! I was awed and horrified all at the same time. "

    - Mitzi, 2/15/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The clearest explanation of the Japanese soldier's mindset during WWII I have ever read. Makes you realize that a society can justify just about anything with proper indoctrination. "

    - Brian, 2/14/2011

About the Author

James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers, among other books, and is the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He is also the founder of the James Bradley Peace Foundation.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an actor and audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.