FlyBoys Novel Argument


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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage is one of the leading non-fictional stories by James Bradley.  The book details one of World War II incidents in Chichi-jima, an island in Japan.  The storyline develops into four broad topics including the cultural and societal issues of the “Warrior Spirit” in Japan, the rise of airpower in conventional warfare, the young American teenagers who took to the air, and the shock experiencedby American Prisoners of War (POWs) in Chichi-jima due to cannibalism. Bradley does not address a particular audience in the book, but he seems interested in targeting all audiences with a historical account of atrocities of war in the incidents covered.  Although the book explores different themes, the enduring argument is that war may be thrilling and appealing, but the cruelty and atrocities of military warfare are horrifying.