Flyboys - James Bradley


By James Bradley

  • Release Date: 2003-09-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 216 Ratings


The classic New York Times bestselling story of heroism and sacrifice--by the author of Flags of Our Fathers, The Imperial Cruise, and The China Mirage.

This 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. What happened to the other eight 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.


  • Lazy author

    By Themyth316
    I opted to read "the imperial Cruise" prior to "Flyboys" I wanted to read more of Bradley's work after "flags of our fathers"! All I can say is the first 8 chapters of Flyboys is pretty much The Imperial Cruise word for word like it was copied and pasted. I recommend reading one or the other but don't spend money on both!
  • History comes alive

    By Long legion
    Very well written and researched, this book imparts facts that most Americans have never heard. It's also a very thought provoking book that looks at cultural differences as they related to strategies in the pacific campaign. Bradley included just enough biographical material on his fly boys that the reader is emotionally engaged with them. This is a fascinating book that will keep you interested all the way through. People like Bradley should be writing our nations high school history books. I would love to see him write on other historical times, the American Civil War, Vietnam, etc. When I first began the book I got to a few places which made me feel a bit "uncomfortable" as it "called the U.S. out" on some of our nations earlier policies. He was imparting the unfortunate truth but I wasn't sure if I thought it necessary.
  • Flyboys

    By Lo1234re
    Well researched, enlightening, provided a balanced approach to what war is. It gives a different perspective. Some of the data was a surprise, I was aware of the casualties of the atomic bomb but unaware of the firebomb campaign and it's devastating effect. Very we'll organized and easy to follow.
  • GREAT Read

    By SexyMexi7
    This is an awesome book. I love history and James Bradley truly did a wonderful job telling the lives and an eye opening fact on how horrendous war is. I couldn't put the book down. Looking forward to reading flags of our fathers next.
  • Wow

    By Scbroncos
    Amazing story that really makes you think
  • In-depth a little to much

    By Read the Sample 1st
    Its a great book but I feel like the author went out of his way on the main subject of this book. I was hoping for a story line about flyboys during the whole thing of battles and adventures but it seemed like every paragraph was met with 5 pages of interesting but unnecessary information. Great book but it sounds like the author needed more to write about and through some stuff in, its more like an encyclopedia than a story.
  • Fantastic

    By TotallyAwesDude
    Well written, bipartisan, open-minded, and deeply informative. This is the best book I have ever read. If WWII interests you, this is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed the history review of the U.S.'s exploration and interest in Japan in the 19th century as well as the varying Japanese perspectives on WWII in the Pacific theater. Thank you Mr. Bradley.
  • Flyboys

    By MJ265
    Well written. Very informative and interesting. It takes the reader beyond the war strategies, into emotional connections with the Flyboys.
  • Decent read

    By ReadSpeed
    Decent read about someone in the airforce.
  • A must read

    By Vandrare
    I hated this book, only because it kept me up far to late several nights in row. This was a very good book! If you have any interest in WWII this is a must read. Having read many books and having watched countless documentaries on this subject I was surprised at how much I didn't know.