In one of his beloved early bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener crafts a tale of the American men who fought the Korean War, detailing their exploits in the air as well as their lives on the ground. Young and innocent, they arrive in a place they have barely ever heard of, on a ship massive enough to carry planes and helicopters. Trained as professionals, they prepare for the rituals of war that countless men before them have endured, and face the same fears. They are American fighter pilots. Together they face an enemy they do not understand, knowing their only hope for survival is to win.
Praise for "The Bridges at Toko-Ri"
A vivid and moving story, as well as an exciting one . . . The humanity of the people is deeply felt. "Chicago Tribune"
The Banshees screaming over Korea, the perilous landings on an aircraft carrier deck bouncing around like a derelict rowboat, a helicopter rescue from the freezing waters . . . all are stirringly rendered. "The Denver Post"
Michener's best . . . a story of action, ideas, and civilization's responsibilities. "Saturday Review.
About the Author
James A. Michener was one of the world s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning "Tales of the South Pacific, "the bestselling novels "The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, "and "Caravans, "and the memoir "The World Is My Home." Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety."
“A vivid and moving story, as well as an exciting one . . . The humanity of the people is deeply felt.”—Chicago Tribune
“The Banshees screaming over Korea, the perilous landings on an aircraft carrier deck ‘bouncing around like a derelict rowboat,’ a helicopter rescue from the freezing waters . . . all are stirringly rendered.”—The Denver Post
“Michener’s best . . . a story of action, ideas, and civilization’s responsibilities.”—Saturday Review