Author Sam Kleiner's meticulous research draws upon unpublished wartime documents to tell the thrilling story of the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend our nation's desperate Chinese allies and ended up on the front lines of the war against Japan in the dark days after Pearl Harbor.
Kleiner takes readers into the cockpits of their iconic shark-nosed P-40 planes—one of the most familiar images of the war—as the Tigers perform nail-biting missions against the Japanese. He profiles the outsize personalities involved in the operation, including the Tiger's legendary leader army pilot Claire Chennault, whose aggressive tactics went against the prevailing wisdom of military strategy; Greg "Pappy" Boyington, the man who would become the nation's most beloved pilot until he was shot down and became a POW; Emma Foster, one of the nurses in the unit who had a passionate romance with a pilot named John Petach; and Madame Chiang Kai-shek herself, who first brought Chennault to China and who would come to visit these young Americans.
A dramatic story of a covert operation whose very existence would have scandalized an isolationist United States, The Flying Tigers is an unforgettable account of a group of American men and women whose heroism challenged the world, and who cemented an alliance between the United States and China as both nations fought against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Washington, DC May 20, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 600 Independence Ave SW (Book Signing, Open to the Public)
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New York, NY June 6, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm The Columbia Club 30 West 44th Street (Ticketed event)
Austin, TX November 5, 2018, 12:15pm - 1:30pm Clements Center for National Security University of Texas (Details)
Publishers Weekly writes The Flying Tigers is "informative action-packed and easy to read."
"This is a movie waiting to be made—a great adventure story that is all the more gripping because it really happened. These pilots remind us of why we're proud to be American, ordinary young men who became heroes at a time when American victories were scarce."
"The Flying Tigers has it all: aerial guerilla warfare, foreign intrigue, inspiring heroism, and a Hollywood-worthy cast of colorful misfits, rebels, and patriotic adventurers, all woven into an electrifying narrative."
"The Flying Tigers is a meticulously researched work of history that reads like a thriller. Packed with characters that come off the pages, it draws the reader into a world of dare-devil flying and covert operations in China in the opening days of World War II."