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A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

Dryden, Charles W.

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ISBN 10: 0817308563 / ISBN 13: 9780817308568
Edité par Univ of Alabama Pr, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1997
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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421pp/illus. The moving memoir of a black military officer and illustrates the period of racial integration in both military and civilian life. The Tuskegee Airmen were trained to fly in the skies over Alabama in the early 1940s and fought the war in Europe in World War II. Clean Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 011542

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Titre : A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman

Éditeur : Univ of Alabama Pr, Tuscaloosa, AL

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Cloth

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Edition : 1st Edition

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A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying School and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden presents a fast-paced, balanced, and personal account of what it was like to prepare for a career traditionally closed to African Americans, how he coped with the frustrations and dangers of combat, and how he, along with many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a magnificent war record.

Under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who respected their "no-losses" record. Some were shot down, many of them were killed or captured by the enemy, and several won medals of valor and honor. But the airmen still faced great barriers of racial prejudice in the armed forces and at home. As a member of that elite group of young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent story that will touch each and every reader.


 

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How does a black American prepare for a career in a profession traditionally closed to blacks? And how does he or she cope with the frustrations and dangers that subsequent experiences generate? A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School and served as a pilot in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden has prepared an honest, fast-paced, balanced, vividly written, and very personal account of what it was like to be a black soldier, and specifically a pilot, during World War II and the Korean War. Colonel Dryden's book commands our attention because it is a balanced account by an insightful man who enlisted in a segregated army and retired from an integrated air force. Dryden's account is poignant in illuminating the hurt inflicted by racism on even the most successful black people. As a member of that elite group of those young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent memoir of the experiences he has shared and the changes he has witnessed.

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