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Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

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"Black Sheep One "is the first biography of legendary warrior and World War II hero Gregory Boyington." "In 1936, Boyington became an aviation cadet and earned the"wings of gold" of a naval aviator. After only a short period on active duty, however, he was "encouraged" to resign from the Marine Corps due to his unconventional behavior.Remarkably, this inauspicious beginnin ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published January 14th 2009 by Presidio Press (first published 2000)
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This title just jumped out at me when I walked by it in the bookstore. I remembered reading Baa, Baa, Black Sheep in the mid-1970s when the TV show was running, and I remembered liking that book (and totally loving the TV show), so I snapped it up.

It appears to be a well-researched biography, but wow, sometimes fiction is a lot more fun than fact. Pappy Boyington did not have a happy life (given his struggle with extreme alcoholism, some bad choices and some just plain bad luck) and he was not a
This books isn't about a hero who also has a life like the rest of us. It's about a man with a tough background, who made some bad decisions, but maximized his opportunity to become a hero (eventually).

"Pappy" Boyington grew up as Gregory Hallenbeck. His dad was an alcoholic who moved every year or so before everything could fall apart at his job as they discovered he had terrible alcohol problems. Gregory and his brother hated Christmas. It was when the relatives got together, got drunk, and e
This was an interesting read that confirmed many things that I had heard from a couple of Boyington's contemporaries over the years. I felt that the author was a little heavy-handed at times. The author seemed to be strongly biased against the use of alcohol and at times he belabored that aspect significantly.

I had to put the book aside several times because of the negativity. Of course, this book offsets the autobiography. I suspect the truth is somewhere in between the two books.

Ryan Reece
Gamble is highly critical of a man and events he knows only second hand. He really wrote this book to go back and 'rewrite' the history that was already put forward in Pappy's own words in his autobiography. This sort of thing is all too common now days. Every one wants to go back and take a closer look at all of our heroes of the past and where possible show how they are not really heroes at all. Surprise! We are all human and so all have shortcomings. I like the book only because it had some g ...more
Michael Foley
If you have any interest in WWII, flying/pilots, etc. this is a great biography. Nothing here was sugar coated. Very good read.
Mrityunja Singh
A wonderful book for anyone interested in flying & heroics. I believe, the maker breaks the mould after a "Pappy" is created.
I felt at times as though the author was on a mission to discredit Boyington. I understand the drive for factual accuracy, but Mr. Gamble almost never erred in Boyington's favor when there was a debatable statistic (aerial victories, combat claims, etc.)I feel like half of his research for this book was aimed at shredding the claims Boyington made in his autobiography.

Other than that, the book was well put together and a joy to read. I learned a lot about this larger than life marine and the Bla
Chet Brandon
Ever since I was a child watching the TV show about the Black Sheep Squadron (Baa Baa Black Sheep), I have been interested in Pappy Boyington. He had an amazing ability to make great decisions in the air and an equally amazing ability to make poor life choices on the ground. One challenge he faced over and over was his profound alcoholism. The fact that he prospered even with this challenge is a testament to the amazing spirit inside the man. As a pilot I am in awe of him as a fighter pilots pil ...more
Ted Guglielmo
This is a first class book of a tortured sole. The talents of Pappy boyington are without any doubt. His ability to self destruct and sabotage his career are equally as obvious. This is a great book and leads you through the life of a great fighter pilot and his battles with alcohol. Great stuff
Khaled Abdoun
On page 20 of 300 something

This book is a boy named Gregory Boyington who grew up in Eau Clare, Wisconson. Gregory grows up to be a WW2 pilot and eventually a WW2 hero. So far the book is decent, I will probably finish it
Candid view of national hero. Many examples of a troubled life. Interesting too was his actions with TV star Robert Conrad during production of the television series Baa Baa Black Sheep.
Donald Perry
I am not a big fan of books written such that they are a list of facts. This books seemed like one of those books, the issue, the facts are amazing.
Ok, but a lot less exciting than I thought it would be.
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A native of central Pennsylvania, Bruce Gamble is an award-winning author and historian specializing in highly readable narratives about World War II in the Pacific.

During his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the closing years of the Cold War, Bruce logged nearly 1,000 hours as a navigator in EA-3B Skywarriors, including deployments aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Lat
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