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Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed a Nation [Paperback]

Charles Francis
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April 2003
In publishing this book in 1955, Charles Francis did not know that his title, The Tuskegee Airmen, was to launch a revolution of awareness among America's black pilots. Now in its fourth edition, the book contains about 100 original photographs, 120 pages of facts, 26 Index pages, and as complete a listing of the original graduading classes as can be found in other publications.

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Far down in the deep south in Tuskegee, AL, approximately twelve miles from the famous Tuskegee Institute, stands an abandoned Army Air Field. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable and most interesting! Feb. 13 2000
Format:Hardcover
In baseball, Jackie Robinson's impact can never be overstated. What he did for the game is immeasurable. In the world of aviation African Americans owe a debt of thanks to a group of men called "The Tuskegee Airmen". Their contributions to aviation are just as immeasurable.
Francis takes the reader back to the time when blacks in the army were living under Order 9981 from President Truman. Francis's gives you the triumphs and failures and brings it to life through each page. This read was truly remarkable.
This is the second book I have read on the Tuskegee Airmen, the first being a biography of Charles F. McGee, and for the second time I was moved by how this group of Officers and enlisted personnel worked through segregation to ensure the civil rights of those to follow.
Army life today, and the African American who serve with honor, can thank the men of this book for what they have. This nation owes a debt of thanks that can never be expressed enough. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to read this wonderful book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Material, Lousy Presentation Oct. 30 2002
By A. Bowdoin Van Riper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The World War II exploits of the 332nd Fighter Group--the first all-black unit in the US Army Air Forces--is a fascinating story on several levels. The pilots of the 332nd fought long and hard in the skies over North Africa, Italy, and Central Europe. They racked up an impressive record of enemy aircraft shot down, ground targets destroyed and--on the bomber-escort missions they often flew--friendly planes brought home safely. They also paved the way for the integration of the armed forces, and of American society generally, by showing that blacks could handle the stress of battle and the demands of high-performance airplanes just as well as whites. In a world where many (most?) whites saw blacks as innately inferior, the Tuskegee Airmen proved otherwise.
This book is a dense, detailed, information-packed history of the 332nd during and immediately after the war. It's a valuable source on a vital topic, and I'm glad it's out there.
That doesn't, however, make it a great book.
The style, for close to 400 pages, is choppy and unpolished with only a vague suggestion of a strong narrative line. Context is spotty at best, and technical terms sometimes go unexplained. The typography is idiosyncratic, and the inexplicable rendering of nicknames in italics and ranks, abbreviated, in ALL CAPS is distracting in a book where names come thick and fast. The type face itself is ugly, and the reproduction of many of the pictures is substandard. The index consists almost solely of personal names, which makes it intensely frustrating to use if you're not already intimately familiar with the story. To look up an incident in which two members of the 332nd sank a German destroyer, you have to know what their names were . . . no entry for "destroyer," or "strafing," or "naval vessels."
If there were other books out there that provide the sheer volume of facts about the subject that this one does, I'd give it about a star-and-a-half. There aren't, but there ought to be. The 332nd was noted for its professionalism; it deserves a more professionally-done history. Until that book gets written, though, this one (flaws and all) is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable and most interesting! Feb. 13 2000
By Michael J Woznicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In baseball, Jackie Robinson's impact can never be overstated. What he did for the game is immeasurable. In the world of aviation African Americans owe a debt of thanks to a group of men called "The Tuskegee Airmen". Their contributions to aviation are just as immeasurable.
Francis takes the reader back to the time when blacks in the army were living under Order 9981 from President Truman. Francis's gives you the triumphs and failures and brings it to life through each page. This read was truly remarkable.
This is the second book I have read on the Tuskegee Airmen, the first being a biography of Charles F. McGee, and for the second time I was moved by how this group of Officers and enlisted personnel worked through segregation to ensure the civil rights of those to follow.
Army life today, and the African American who serve with honor, can thank the men of this book for what they have. This nation owes a debt of thanks that can never be expressed enough. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to read this wonderful book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture of family member in this book Dec 28 2012
By TSC - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting times and family was involved. One of the pictures in this book is the father of the significant other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge June 9 2011
By Cristobal Enriquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great History book that enlightens the love these people had -and have- for a Country that mistreated them.
They exceled on their duty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen March 21 2010
By Goalie Dad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this book was perfectly described and is a great read particularly if you are interested in the subtleties of World War II history. book was received in perfect condition and was delivered on time as requested by expedited shipping. I would definitely buy from this seller again.
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