Just finished reading FlyBoys by James Bradley, Little, Brown and Co. Boston. 2003.
Bought it in a garage sale, likely for a dollar and in hard back which I prefer.
The book centers on ChiChi Jima, an island between Iwo Jima and the mainland of Japan and the lives of several American airmen who flew combat missions there in WWII. The islands human occupation and geography become a part of the story. A small portion of the war between the United States and our allies versus the Japanese distilled and considered through this island and the men who lived and died there. It also follows those who were able to go on with their lives. Describes how our aircraft got there and why. It is a lens on the Pacific war, not simple but human. Follows a few FlyBoys whose bravery was crucial to winning the war against Japan, the lives they lived and sometimes lost.
Tough read at times as the graphic aspects of war are not ignored. Includes a very thoughtful description and interview with GHW Bush who was shot down, survived and was rescued by a US submarine while on a mission to bomb this island. This one will be with me a long time. Glad I read it.