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Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

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As the country's first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen fought in World War II on two fronts: against the Axis powers in the skies over Europe and against Jim Crow racism and segregation at home. Although the pilots flew more than 15,000 sorties and destroyed more than 200 German aircraft, their most far-reaching achievement defies quantification: deli ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 17th 2010)
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May 15, 2010 Drew rated it liked it
Don't let my rating fool you. The only reason for this is that pace wise this book is a little slow but that is because of the information crammed into it. You learn every hurlde that these brave aviators faced in getting to serve their country. I encourage anyone interested in WWII books or the Civil Rights Movement to pick up Mr. Moye's book on the Red Tails.
Patrick Davis
Jul 27, 2015 Patrick Davis rated it liked it
This book was very informative, but dry and disorganized. I was constantly amazed by the struggle these men went through, how people with two majors and two minors in college would still be thought of as "subhuman" and were prohibited from going places on base to which German prisoners of war were allowed to go. It is quite an enlightening experience getting into the heads of people who put their lives on the line for this country, fighting Germans in the air or just by stepping foot into a whit ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Scottnshana rated it really liked it
Having spent a few years in Montgomery, Alabama, I recognized a lot of the places described in this book; being a Midwestern transplant, there were a lot of things I just did not understand when I lived there, and this book clarified quite a few of them. Dr. Moye has interviewed Tuskegee Airmen and combed through the official records to produce an amazing book on the society which these pioneers stepped forward to defend and the big-picture politics that influenced where the "experiment" (as som ...more
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Jul 09, 2012 Scott L. rated it it was ok
I am more than halfway done reading the book, and I concur with some of the reviews previous: it is very well-researched. Unfortunately, it is not very well written - it seems very disjointed and seems to want to hit the reader with a sledgehammer that the Tuskegee Airmen were discriminated against because of their race. This is something I already knew. I read this book expecting to read more about their accomplishments in the war, and I have not even reached that point yet. I don't think that ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
I would rate this 3 1/2 stars if I could. It's very well researched and I learned a lot, but it ended up feeling a little too academic and disjointed because there were so many stories, none of which felt very in-depth. I remember thinking that I might prefer to read a memoir from one of the Tuskegee Airmen and I also thought that it would make a great movie. Lo and behold, I have discovered that there WAS an HBO movie made so I definitely plan to try to get my hands on that.

Overall I would reco
Jan 27, 2013 Reid rated it really liked it
An excellent account of the Tuskegee program. I found it all interesting, but particularly enjoyed the background and events leading up to the formation, from "The Use Of Negro Manpower In War" report from 1925 up to their deployment in North Africa and Europe, it's quite an arc.

I thought this was a good concise summary, not terribly long or difficult to read, but while covering the pertinent information.
May 22, 2012 Jon rated it liked it
Shelves: read-history
well written and researched. if you are looking for a book that is written more like an easy read story this is not your book. my biggest problem with the book is in its 180+ pages there are like 6 chapters. it would take forever to from once to another with the writing style of the author.
Feb 13, 2015 Ginny rated it liked it
Interesting book about the Tuskegee Airmen.
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Dec 23, 2012 Merryn Pinch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, used it for one of my tutoring sessions
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