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.
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.
Article first published as Book Review: Flyboys by James Bradley