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“Fly Boys,” the second book by James Bradley, will be the subject of Bill Rutledge’s presentation at the July meeting of Luncheon with Books on July 15. The book documents Japan’s motive for invading Korea and China. In the second part, the book tells the story of the Navy Pilots who knocked Japanese communications on the island of Chi Chi Jima. Among these pilots was George Bush, Sr.
“I love reading about the history of WWII. The sacrifices these men made for their country is amazing. I have so much admiration for what they did,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge said the book was developed after the publication of Bradley’s first book “Flags of our Fathers.” Bradley received a note saying there was a story he needed to hear. After researching the story of the navy pilots over Chi Chi Jima, he wrote the book.
Rutledge said more than anything he is looking forward to shedding some light on things people may not know about the Japanese at that time and answering questions.
“I hope people ask questions. This is a really interesting book that has had a big impact on my life. I hope it will do the same for others,” Rutledge said.
Luncheon with Books will be July 15 at noon at the Union County Library. A light lunch will begin serving at 11:30.