A True Story of Courage
By James Bradley
"James Bradley's acclaimed bestseller brilliantly illuminates a hidden piece of World War
II history as it tells the harrowing true story of nine American airmen shot down in the
Pacific. One of them, George H. W. Bush, was miraculously rescued. The fate
of the others -- a closely guarded sixty-year-old secret -- is revealed for the first time
"Flyboys, the heartbreaking and horrifying saga of eight American airmen who went down during bombing runs over the Pacific, is the result of Bradley's courage in putting a face on wartime atrocities. Bradley allows survivors to tell their harrowing stories in white-knuckle details and does a commendable job of setting the bloody events on Chichi Jima within a historical framework that helps to explain both the American and Japanese thirst for blood in wartime. Perhaps that is the real value of Flyboys: to tell a story so unspeakable, so unimaginable, that we will remember it and try to ensure it does not happen again."