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Such Men as These

The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea

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Regular Price $29.99 CAD

Regular Price $23.99

Regular Price $29.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around October 4, 2011. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

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Oct 4, 2011

Page Count

432 Pages

ISBN-13

9780306820106

Description

In 1951, James Michener went to Korea to report on a little known aspect of America’s stalemated war: navy aviators. His research inspired novel about these pilots became an overnight bestseller and, perhaps, the most widely read book ever written about aerial combat.

Using Michener’s notes, author David Sears tracked down the actual pilots to tell their riveting, true-life stories. From the icy, windswept decks of aircraft carriers, they penetrated treacherous mountain terrain to strike heavily defended dams, bridges, and tunnels, where well entrenched Communist anti-aircraft gunners waited to shoot them down. Many of these men became air combat legends, and one, Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the moon.

Such Men As These brims with action-packed accounts of combat and unforgettable portraits of the pilots whose skill and sacrifice made epic history.

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Praise


Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, July 2011

“A valuable study of the culture and conduct of the naval air war over North Korea…A fitting addition not only to the literature of the Korean War, but also to the literature emerging in this, the centennial year of U.S. naval aviation.”



Collected Miscellany, 7/8/11
“A great tribute to the U.S. Navy pilots who flew in the ‘Forgotten War.'”



Michigan War Studies Review, 5/16/14
“The author has…done a service to both students and veterans of the Korean War…Sears's account poignantly proves that the pilots faced missions as perilous as those of any infantryman. The narrative…places readers in the cockpit, feeling the sensations and stress of aerial combat…Present-day military personnel will find in Such Men As These much that is instructive regarding wartime leadership and the resilience and courage of men fighting a war to which the American public paid little attention.”
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