Source: Public Library
This is another book on the brave men of WWII. Sometimes being young has its advantages because they have the desire to do things older men would pass on. Bradley does a nice job of compiling interviews, archives, and news reports to give a flowing history. In this book, you read about downed American pilots being beheaded and then at one point being used as meat for soup. Some of the Japanese soldiers say they were out of food and used the beheaded soldier’s flesh as sustenance. Other Japanese soldiers say there was plenty of food and that the Generals were turning into cannibals. Throughout this book, you meet good ol’ American boys who went off to serve their country. Some came back, some did not. The ones that came back and Bradley had a chance to interview with feel their acts of heroism were nothing more than part of their duty.
One of the people that Bradley was able to interview was former President George H.W. Bush. Prior to this book, I did not know that he was a bomber pilot who was shot down in WWII. I was a young child when he was in office and did not know much of his back history.
Bradley was also able to interview a few of the Japanese soldiers. It is very interesting to me how a soldier can be in battle and still find commonalities with their prisoners who are the opposing force. Towards the end of the war, the Japanese were more and more reluctant to behead American prisoners.