2003 "First Edition" stated; autographed by James Bradley on title page; Little, Brown and Company, Boston; hardbound in blue and red boards with silver lettering along spine; many wonderful (and some disturbing) black and white glossy photos; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Special Note: Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England presented author James Bradley the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award for his contributions in keeping alive the history of the Navy and Marine Corps, November 18, 2003. BS169.
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage is a nonfiction book by writer James Bradley, and a national bestseller in the U.S. This book details a World War II incident of the execution and cannibalism of five of eight American P.O.W.s on the Pacific island of Chichi-jima, one of the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands).
The book describes the backgrounds of several American airmen who flew raids over Japan during World War II, and includes interviews with Japanese veterans of the conflict. It describes an air raid in which ten crewmen survived being shot down, with nine captured and subsequently killed and cannibalised by their captors. The tenth crewman, future US president Lieutenant George H. W. Bush, was not captured.
What happened to the other crewmen remained a secret for almost 60 years. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth, and not even the families of the airmen were informed of what happened to their sons. Their fate remained a mystery--until now.
FLYBOYS is a tale of courage and daring, of war and death, of men and hope. It will make you proud and it will break your heart.