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The Flying Tiger: The True Story of General Claire Chennault and the U.S. 14th Air Force in China
A definitive biography of the legendary leader of the Flying Tigers and the U.S. Fourteenth Air Force in China. The Flying Tigers and the U.S. Fourteenth will be the subject of a huge upcoming film from IMAX and director John Woo. The film is scheduled to start shooting in spring 2011 with no firm release date stated yet. The role of Chenault in the film is likely to be th ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Lyons Press
(first published August 1st 2005)
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I felt the book could have been so much more based on the man it was written about. More than half the book is made up of diary excerpts, letters, transcripts and documents such as those. While it's fascinating to diary excerpts of the men involved, I felt that when that wasn't used as part of the story, the narrative was matter-of-factly. Just a bit boring. Chennault's story is extraordinary but I didn't really get a sense of the who the man was, just what he did. ...more
As far as style, it was difficult to read and dragged on with subjective details. The author actually presented Chennault's conversations as if he was there every minute and was inside his head every minute.
However, having said that...
It was chock full of interesting historical details about Chennault and the 14th air Force and helped me undestand this important part of WWII in China.
I did take the book to a patient of mine, who is 106 years old and actually flew in the China/Burma/India Group w ...more
A sympathetic portrait of Chennault. His unwavering support of the corrupt Chiang Kai-shek in hindsight seems wrong, and his rivalry with Army General Joe Stilwell was legendary. But Chennault, if nothing else, should be considered a great American (and Chinese) hero for his hand in forming the volunteer group of American pilots "The Flying Tigers" who fought against the Japanese in 1941 against great odds in their Curtiss P-40 Warhawks. The pilots "volunteered" because America was not in the wa ...more