Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2003. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #003084
SIGNED by author to title page. Stated first edition, fifth printing. Quarter red paper and blue paper boards. B&W pictorial endpapers with image of military plane. , 398 p.p. Thirty-two pages B&W photos + B&W maps and images. Light bumping to spine ends and head fo front board, else fine. Dust jacket lightly bumped at top edge of flaps and spine ends, light chafing to covers, sticker ghost to spine foot. Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary true story of nine American flyers - Navy and Marine airmen sent to bomb Japanese communication towers - who were shot down, only one of whom was rescued and the others held as prisoners of war. (The one who escaped capture was George H.W. Bush, who would go on to be president of the United States). 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 lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and loved ones were left to wonder. Bradley's quest for the truth eventually took him to Chichi Jima itself, where he discovered 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 west. Bradley finally reveals the fate of the other eight Flyboys, all of whom would ultimately face a moment and a decision that few of us can even imagine.