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The Ragged, Rugged Warriors

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  5 reviews
American Curtiss Hawk biplanes against Japanese Zero fighters, jungle air strips barely long enough to get a plane off the ground, sky fighting soldiers of fortune in the shark-faced planes of the Flying Tigers -- this is the epic story of the early air war in the Pacific.
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Published May 28th 1985 by Bantam Books (first published March 1st 1966)
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If I was a 14-year-old-boy, I think I would have loved this book.
I picked it up in a used book store about a year-and-a-half ago when I was looking for books to help me understand the emotional trauma of some of my patients. It took me a while to get through it because, for one reason, I realized pretty quickly that it was a gee-whiz, hero-worshiping book.
One example jumped out at me: When pilot Robert L. Scott is strafing Japanese troops trapped on a causeway, the incident is described gleeful
Martin Caidin does a pretty solid job describing the early air war in Asia, with nice personal accounts from before America entered WW2 that are not common to find (aside from AVG tales that many forget were after US entry). Some sections are gritty, with some of the descriptions of events in China downright appalling with the lack of humanity displayed. That is reality though...war is hell.

Having had a chance to meet/ talk with several of the men MC writes about in this book, I feel comfortabl
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A episodic description of America's early air war against Japan in World War II, when America's airmen flew in outnumbered and outclassed aircraft against the cream of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army airforces.
Avis Black
Yet another outstanding book by Caidin.
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Martin Caidin was a prolific and controversial writer. Most of his work centered around the adventures of pilots and astronauts. A number of his books were notable for their reasonable, realistic predictions of then-futuristic technology.

Caidin's body of work was prolific and varied, ranging from additional speculative/SF novels such as Marooned, which was made into an acclaimed film and considere
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