The salty recollections of a fighter pilot who not only became an ace in the unfriendly skies of two WW II theaters but also won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Trained as a Navy pilot after graduating from Pomona College, Howard volunteered to serve with the Flying Tigers well before Pearl Harbor. In combat over Southeast Asia, he was credited with shooting down over a half-dozen Japanese planes. Though an admirer of results-minded Claire Chennault, Howard has less fond memories of his storied comrades in arms (notably, Greg Boyington), US diplomats (who accepted Chinese Communists at their word, i.e., as agrarian reformers), and officious squadron leaders. Nor did Howard much care for the British bureaucrats who insisted he obtain a license to overfly war-torn Burma. At any rate, once the Tigers disbanded, Howard wound up as a group commander in the Ninth Air Force, first in England and later in Europe. There, on a mission early in 1943, he came to the rescue of a defenseless American bomber flotilla; he single-handedly fought off an estimated 30 Luftwaffe pursuit planes, earning himself the nation's highest award for valor. The author soldiered on through D-day and beyond. He was mustered back to the States before the Battle of the Bulge, though, to help train airmen for an invasion of Japan. Never having thought of the military as aught but a youthful adventure, Howard eventually resigned his commission and (at 31) gave civilian life a try. While successful, his adjustment was apparently not easy; however, that's another story. A low-key but dead-honest memoir: fine fare for fans of military history on a personal level. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: June 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-517-57323-7

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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