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This story isabout the history that gets lost and retold by the movies and over time that is what people are led to believe I was one of those people I had always thought that these group of men fought for China against Japan as Japan was working at taking over China and other countries before attacking us True that the leader of the group Claire L Chennault was wanting to fight against them and China he did not have the resources to that You get a look at the behind the scenes of yes This story isabout the history that gets lost and retold by the movies and over time that is what people are led to believe I was one of those people I had always thought that these group of men fought for China against Japan as Japan was working at taking over China and other countries before attacking us True that the leader of the group Claire L Chennault was wanting to fight against them and China he did not have the resources to that You get a look at the behind the scenes of yes back door deals done with F.D.R knowledge and this gets really in full gear after Pearl Harbor The author uses diaries, notes, some interviews, and documents that have been unsealed for a full look at this look into what the established military wanted people not to know about including their excellent combat record I had already knew about Pappy Boyington, but this only goes along with some of the other books I have read about him I did like how the author takes a look at the different pilots and maintenance crews, and especially the store with a nurse named Emma Foster Overall I found this to be a very good book and something interesting about the war in the Pacific that had not been told before A good piece of writing and well researched I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars Follow us at www.1rad readerreviews.com This is the story of a military aviation volunteer group comprising mostly of Americans that fought against the Japanese in China during the 1940s I have heard of the Flying Tigers for many years but know so little about them until I got a hold of this book What prompted to read this book was the result of reading a previous book on China and America titled The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom That book talked about the Flying Tigers and their commander Claire Chennault and although i This is the story of a military aviation volunteer group comprising mostly of Americans that fought against the Japanese in China during the 1940s I have heard of the Flying Tigers for many years but know so little about them until I got a hold of this book What prompted to read this book was the result of reading a previous book on China and America titled The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom That book talked about the Flying Tigers and their commander Claire Chennault and although it was too brief the reference to the Flying Tigers that book made me want to find a longer discussion of the famous fighter outfit I m glad I read this book.Although it was called the American Volunteer Group AVG it is probably best known by its nickname The Flying Tigers It was led by a Louisiana native former US Army pilot named Chennault The book tells us the story of Chennualt s upbringing, early military career and also the Chinese approaching him to form the volunteer group to help China s air force in light of the Japanese war against China this all took place before the US went to war against Japan in World War Two At first ostracized by even American government officials such as embassy officials and the Army Air Force eventually when the US was attacked on Pearl Harbor these Flying Tigers were elevated in status as American heroes who were already taking the fight to the enemy.I love the book for its description of the various colorful characters in the outfit and in history during that time but it was also insightful of other historical figures such as the Nationalists president Chiang Kai shek and his famous wife Readers will enjoy the stories of the AVG being undersupplied, undermanned and fighting against all odds to be an operational combat group I also enjoyed the stories of various pilots first encounter with the Japanese in combat and the various other battles that followed But even in training before they were in combat it was dangerous there s stories of pilots in fatal plane crashes training in Burma and China The book tells readers of the various accomplishments of the Flying Tigers Readers will also learn of the politics of the regular Army Air Force marginalizing the Flying Tigers and how the men and leader of the Flying Tigers not appreciating this.One of the interesting thing I learned from this book as the result of the author s research compared to older books on World War Two is that secretly all along the United States was behind the Flying Tigers they were not as vigilante as people thought they were President FDR was the one who condone the idea of approving actual service members to be deployed for a year to China before the US entered World War Two For those who are Marine Corps World War Two history buffs I also thought it was a treat to read of one of the members of the Flying Tigers was Pappy Boyington Boyington would later become a famous Marine combat pilot and leader in the Marines campaign in the Pacific What a small world Overall I enjoyed this book and recommend it An outstanding read covering the history and politics behind the legendary American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers and their leader Gen Claire Chennault.It was interesting to learn that the Flying Tigers would become an adjunct to the then OSS, forerunner of the CIA.Very well done tale of an often overlooked theater of operations from World War II The book delves into the men behind the legends such at flying ace Tex Hill, Pappy Boyington and James Howard Pappy Boyington wo An outstanding read covering the history and politics behind the legendary American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers and their leader Gen Claire Chennault.It was interesting to learn that the Flying Tigers would become an adjunct to the then OSS, forerunner of the CIA.Very well done tale of an often overlooked theater of operations from World War II The book delves into the men behind the legends such at flying ace Tex Hill, Pappy Boyington and James Howard Pappy Boyington would earn the Medal of Honor flying with the Marines near Guadalcanal CO of the famous Black Sheep Squadron being shot down and spending several years in a POW camp in Japan while James Howard would be the only P 51 pilot to earn the Medal of Honor for his heroics in protecting a wing of B 17 aircraft on a bombing mission over Europe.The Flying Tigers were farthan just a moral boost in the early years of the war but made a significant military impact by forcing Japan to stretch their resources to defend on many fronts A fascinating, hidden history, written briskly, with exacting research I m proud of you, Sam For many of us Baby Boomers who grew up with the Flying Tigers as larger than life heroes, this narrative will knock them down a couple of pegs Maybe it s the cynicism that comes from a generation of unjust wars Or maybe it s simply the perspective that seven decades has finally revealed Whatever the case, this volume is an important piece of reckoning Our generation revered the Tigers not as mercenaries which they essentially were but as dashing patriots who risked their lives to fight For many of us Baby Boomers who grew up with the Flying Tigers as larger than life heroes, this narrative will knock them down a couple of pegs Maybe it s the cynicism that comes from a generation of unjust wars Or maybe it s simply the perspective that seven decades has finally revealed Whatever the case, this volume is an important piece of reckoning Our generation revered the Tigers not as mercenaries which they essentially were but as dashing patriots who risked their lives to fight for a valued ally But their story is muchcomplicated than that Many of the Tigers, for example, after fighting for months from hidden, primitive bases with nonexistent logistical support, balked at the idea of joining the Army Air Forces after Pearl Harbor and the official entry of the United States into World War II They were weary of the fighting, and many of them went home Understandable, but not exactly the dashing narrative we had come to love Even Claire Chennault, the legendary founder of the Tigers, is something of a conflicted figure in this telling Revered in China, he was seen as a middling officer by those in the U.S military He was disrespectful of the chain of command and eventually was forced into retirement Sam Kleiner has done a nice job rounding up sources close to the American Volunteer Group and studiously mined contemporary accounts Some anecdotes were surprising to me Wendell Willkie actually did that Claire Chennault actually bad mouthed the Doolittle Raid These and other revelations including a good tangent on the early exploits of Greg Pappy Boyinton enrich the story of the fabled Flying Tigers.But Kleiner, perhaps in the interest of brevity, because the book is only a little over 200 pages, glosses over a lot of detail Combat descriptions are cursory, as are details on some of the colorful characters who made up the AVG I guess I ll have to check out the autobiography of the pilot with whom I share a name and who was the First World War II figure I remember reading about Small flaws, perhaps, but Kleiner left me wanting The Flying Tigers the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan, by Sam Kleiner Viking, 2018 Well, the story isn t untold and it wasn t a secret war Still, because all I really know about them is the name Claire Chennault and that they fought the Japanese for the Chinese, it was untold for me Claire Chennault was a maverick who loved to fly but by the time war began to approach was both a bit too old and too disliked in the American forces to get the work h The Flying Tigers the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan, by Sam Kleiner Viking, 2018 Well, the story isn t untold and it wasn t a secret war Still, because all I really know about them is the name Claire Chennault and that they fought the Japanese for the Chinese, it was untold for me Claire Chennault was a maverick who loved to fly but by the time war began to approach was both a bit too old and too disliked in the American forces to get the work he wanted So, with the secret approval of FDR, he signed up with Chiang Kai Shek to fight in China He assembled a group of fliers, some of them mavericks, some of them adventurers, some of them kids looking for excitement Chennault was in China during the worst elements of the Japanese invasion, including the rape of Nanking The Brits and Dutch and Chinese were constantly driven back Chennault s fliers, using P 40s, fought mostly from Burma The book gives brief biographies of some of the pilots, describes the mixed conditions they lived in sometimes very harsh, sometimes luxurious , and how they were received with happiness by the Burmese and Chinese He describes the air battles as seen by the Americans no gun cameras, not very sophisticated briefings Although they fought valiantly, and often successfully against forces that always outnumbered them, they were gradually whittled down Once the US came into the war, the pressure to either disband the Tigers or absorb them into the Army Air Corps became far too great for Chennault to withstand He also had an exaggerated view of what air power alone, especially just his small fighter force, could do The Flying Tigers unit had a very short life, about a year, but it got great publicity and fame as the only Americans actually fighting the Japanese near the home islands But Kleiner is not a historian nor an aviation expert, so something is missing any real description of the capabilities of the P 40 against the planes it was fighting, up to the Zero There is just a brief description of the tactics Chennault used boom and zoom, hit from altitude and get away How did the pilots actually fare against the Zero Also, there is no indication he tried to find any Japanese records to compare with what the Americans reported Still, an interesting book, a quick read One side note Greg Pappy Boyington, the famed Black Sheep, was in the Tigers for a while But apparently he was a drunk and constantly insubordinate They threw him out But he did manage to get into the Marines to command the fabled Black Sheep Squadron This book was a good introduction to the story of the American Volunteer Group AVG , a unit of WW II pilots that becamewell known by their nickname, The Flying Tigers Kleiner didn t go into great historical detail about the unit but writes an interesting story nonetheless His narrative revolvesaround the personalities within the unit than anything else He highlights a handful of the pilots who flew for the AVG as well as their leader Claire Chennault, who has been profiled in sev This book was a good introduction to the story of the American Volunteer Group AVG , a unit of WW II pilots that becamewell known by their nickname, The Flying Tigers Kleiner didn t go into great historical detail about the unit but writes an interesting story nonetheless His narrative revolvesaround the personalities within the unit than anything else He highlights a handful of the pilots who flew for the AVG as well as their leader Claire Chennault, who has been profiled in several other WWII stories, including an in depth biography by Barbara Tuchman I d say this story is history lite , which might turn off someserious WWII nerds however, it didn t stop the author from telling an interesting and riveting story about this unusual and diverse group of men who flew the planes and the men and women who worked behind them to keep them flying For me not quite a WWII nerd but leaning toward that end of the spectrum if didn t leave me satisfied that I know the entire story It left me wantingso I m now going to read a second major history by Daniel Ford to flush out the storythoroughly I have only one beef about the book My partner says that identifying it here makes me a pedant she tried to shame into not mentioning it Regardless, as the son of an English teacher, I believe it s worth noting Kleiner, despite an impressive academic pedigree Northwestern University and Yale Law incorrectly uses dove as the past participle of dive throughout the book, as in the planes dove toward the Japanese bombers below them Isn t this what editors are supposed to do, catch egregious grammatical errors like this and edit, i.e, correct them Call me a pedant if that shoe fits Neither my father, nor my seventh grade English teacher would have accepted such bad form from their students so I have trouble accepting it made it into a printed volume of this reknown The Flying Tigers eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Sam Kleiner This is Mr Kleiner s first publication I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review I categorize this novel as PG because it contains scenes of Violence The story takes place from just before World War II until just after it While the primary character is US Army Colonel Claire L Chennault, there are many others whose story is told China had been at The Flying Tigers eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Sam Kleiner This is Mr Kleiner s first publication I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review I categorize this novel as PG because it contains scenes of Violence The story takes place from just before World War II until just after it While the primary character is US Army Colonel Claire L Chennault, there are many others whose story is told China had been at war with Japan for years and it was suffering The Chinese leader Chiang Kai shek and his wife approached Chennault in the late 30 s to leave the US and form up a volunteer group to train Chinese pilots This group eventually evolved into what is now known as the Flying Tigers , an all volunteer combat fighter group They got their name from the from the shark face painted on the nose of the P 40 fighters that the group flew This group was recruited before Perl Harbor but flew their first combat mission only a few days later on December 20, 1941 The Flying Tigers did not last long, being disbanded in July of 1942, but it had a significant role in the early months of the war While this is not the first book on the Flying Tigers that I have read, I did enjoy the 7 hours I spent reading this 304 page history I liked the deep backgrounds that were given on many of the important personalities I like the cover art I give this novel a 4 out of 5 Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at {DOWNLOAD E-PUB} õ The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan Before Pearl Harbor è The thrilling story behind the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend the nation s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the PacificSam Kleiner s The Flying Tigers uncovers the hidden story of the group of young American men and women who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending China Led by legendary army pilot Claire Chennault, these men left behind an America still at peace in the summer ofusing false identities to travel across the Pacific to a run down airbase in the jungles of Burma In the wake of the disaster at Pearl Harbor this motley crew was the first group of Americans to take on the Japanese in combat, shooting down hundreds of Japanese aircraft in the skies over Burma, Thailand, and China At a time when the Allies were being defeated across the globe, the Flying Tigers exploits gave hope to Americans and Chinese alike Kleiner takes readers into the cockpits of their iconic shark nosed Pplanes one of the most familiar images of the war as the Tigers perform nail biting missions against the Japanese He profiles the outsize personalities involved in the operation, including Chennault, whose aggressive tactics went against the prevailing wisdom of military strategy Greg Pappy Boyington, the man who would become the nation s most beloved pilot until he was shot down and became a POW Emma Foster, one of the nurses in the unit who had a passionate romance with a pilot named John Petach and Madame Chiang Kai shek herself, who first brought Chennault to China and who would come to visit these young AmericansA dramatic story of a covert operation whose very existence would have scandalized an isolationist United States, The Flying Tigers is the unforgettable account of a group of Americans whose heroism changed the world, and who cemented an alliance between the United States and China as both nations fought against seemingly insurmountable odds Very interesting and sad history This adds to what I learned last year reading a couple of books about the Japanese occupation of the Philippines Japan bombed civilian centers, tortured, raped, and even used Cholera bombs as they invaded China Some American pilots were recruited by the Chinese to both fly and train natives as pilots to resist the Japanese advance This progressed to a secret operation where the US government unofficially sentpilots and materials to support this unit tha Very interesting and sad history This adds to what I learned last year reading a couple of books about the Japanese occupation of the Philippines Japan bombed civilian centers, tortured, raped, and even used Cholera bombs as they invaded China Some American pilots were recruited by the Chinese to both fly and train natives as pilots to resist the Japanese advance This progressed to a secret operation where the US government unofficially sentpilots and materials to support this unit that could be diplomatically denied The unit was openly recognized after Pearl Harbor and gained international renown as The Flying Tigers until eventually being folded into the official military The history is personality driven, especially by Claire Chennault, the stubborn American pilot who wants fame and dislikes military rigidness He is recruited, meets Madame Chiang Kai Shek, and becomes the driver of the whole idea He is profiled the most, but short biographies of dozens of other pilots and crew are part of the narrative.There is interesting personal history, military engagements, back scenes wrangling, and epilogue The tone ends up very sad The Chinese and Burmese people are continually killed in huge numbers It seems like most of the pilots die tragically right before their scheduled releases, usually leaving behind grieving wives and children This ragtag unit really did make a huge difference, but it wasn t Top Gun It was semi trained, extremely brave men winging everything in a strange region with no technology and little support This is good if you enjoy WWII history, but often heart wrenching