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A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

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How does a Black American prepare for a career in a profession traditionally closed to blacks? And how does he or she cope with the frustrations and dangers that subsequent experiences generate?

'A-Train' is the story of one of the Black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charle
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 26th 2002 by University Alabama Press (first published April 30th 1997)
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Candice
Feb 02, 2010 Candice rated it really liked it
I read this for a Black History Month book discussion. The local Legacy Museum of African American History is featuring an exhibit on African Americans in the military, and the book is a perfect fit. The author, Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden wanted to fly since he was a toddler. When he attempted to sign up for the army air corps in the 1940s, he was told that they did not allow people of his race to fly. Fortunately for him, and for our country, the Tuskegee Experiment was about to begin, and he ...more
Jim Taglianetti
Oct 16, 2014 Jim Taglianetti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Story That Should Be Required Reading

I have visited Tuskegee and walked on the tarmac on the field where these men learned to fly. This story highlights what it means to be an American when the biases are against you. it is easy to be a white American but being black was and probably still is difficult. The Tuskegee Airmen are not only war hero's but also hero's and leaders in the Civil Rights movement in this country. I have seen Jim Crow and it was ugly.This is a must read for all of A
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Carol
Feb 02, 2010 Carol rated it liked it
Quote: 'I had lived to fly, from my infancy...'.
What we would now call a 'Jet Jockey'.

Hard to read the indignities and racial slurs, though these conditions improved over time, they still exist.
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Mar 04, 2011 Theophilus (Theo) rated it really liked it
Excellent first-hand account of some real heroes.
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Jun 22, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
interesting story. too bad most of these men have died. lots of stories will go o their graves with them.
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