#Book õ China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight á eBook or E-pub free

A great look at the collision between Americans and other colonial powers, especially the Britishduring the fraught period leading up to WWII in China Seeing Americans ability to just choose not to participate in the outrageous racism of the time is refreshing apparently we ve always had a side that valued hard work kindness loyalty and vision regardless of nationality Historical Shangai comes off as a great sexy dangerous scary cityI kind of want to go but I ll leave my little one A great look at the collision between Americans and other colonial powers, especially the Britishduring the fraught period leading up to WWII in China Seeing Americans ability to just choose not to participate in the outrageous racism of the time is refreshing apparently we ve always had a side that valued hard work kindness loyalty and vision regardless of nationality Historical Shangai comes off as a great sexy dangerous scary cityI kind of want to go but I ll leave my little ones at home you know what I mean I was amused in SKYFALL to see the modern Shanghai fully reflecting the world recreated by Crouch in China s Wings What is great about this book is that all these actual people jump off the page as if it were fiction this is historical writing at its best If you ever get a chance to go to a book signing GO the odds are high you will find yourself sitting next to one of the pilots from the book or his child or grandchild Lovely lovely work Another winner from Gregory Crouch It is always a pleasure to read a true story in which the main character Mr Bond exhibits determination and consistancy in a cause they feel is just opening up China as a democracy The level of expertise developed by him, Pan Am Staff, with the Chinese people in CNAC in operating during the political upheaval in China is simply amazing This is a book about politics, as much as it is a book about China, its people, and how to run an airline It is a bo Another winner from Gregory Crouch It is always a pleasure to read a true story in which the main character Mr Bond exhibits determination and consistancy in a cause they feel is just opening up China as a democracy The level of expertise developed by him, Pan Am Staff, with the Chinese people in CNAC in operating during the political upheaval in China is simply amazing This is a book about politics, as much as it is a book about China, its people, and how to run an airline It is a book about taking some big chances and banking your whole career on it The colorful stories about the pilots were a joy to read I felt I had been transported to the time and places in which it was set And oh boy the chapters about flying The Hump to Burma and India were incredible I am married to a pilot, and to think of him going off into such conditions, gives me the willies #Book ⚛ China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight ⚢ From the acclaimed author of Enduring Patagonia comes a dazzling tale of aerial adventure set against the roiling backdrop of war in Asia The incredible real life saga of the flying band of brothers who opened the skies over China in the years leading up to World War II and boldly safeguarded them during that conflict China s Wings is one of the most exhilarating untold chapters in the annals of flight At the center of the maelstrom is the book s courtly, laconic protagonist, American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond In search of adventure, he arrives in Nationalist China in , charged with turning around the turbulent nation s flagging airline business, the China National Aviation Corporation CNAC The mission will take him to the wild and lawless frontiers of commercial aviation into cockpits with daredevil pilots flying sometimes literally on a wing and a prayer into the dangerous maze of Chinese politics, where scheming warlords and volatile military officers jockey for advantage and into the boardrooms, backrooms, and corridors of power inhabited by such outsized figures as Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai shek President Franklin Delano Roosevelt foreign minister T V Soong Generals Arnold, Stilwell, and Marshall and legendary Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe With the outbreak of full scale war in , Bond and CNAC are transformed from uneasy spectators to active participants in the struggle against Axis imperialism Drawing on meticulous research, primary sources, and extensive personal interviews with participants, Gregory Crouch offers harrowing accounts of brutal bombing runs and heroic evacuations, as the fight to keep one airline flying becomes part of the larger struggle for China s survival He plunges us into a world of perilous night flights, emergency water landings, and the constant threat of predatory Japanese warplanes When Japanese forces capture Burma and blockade China s only overland supply route, Bond and his pilots must battle shortages of airplanes, personnel, and spare parts to airlift supplies over an untried five hundred mile long aerial gauntlet high above the Himalayas the infamous Hump pioneering one of the most celebrated endeavors in aviation history A hero s eye view of history in the grand tradition of Lynne Olson s Citizens of London, China s Wings takes readers on a mesmerizing journey to a time and place that reshaped the modern world A most excellent historical reference, a book that is now the subject of a televised BEN Boeing Education Network presentation and several book clubs.A must read for aviation scholars and industry professionals. To a casual observer, China s Wings might appear to have appeal only to those interested in the history of aviation in China The book is that and muchIn that regard, its subtitle, War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight is far from false advertising China s Wings will appeal to myriad readers looking for an exciting and well told story Full of wonderful real life characters, the book chronicles the history of the China National Avia To a casual observer, China s Wings might appear to have appeal only to those interested in the history of aviation in China The book is that and muchIn that regard, its subtitle, War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight is far from false advertising China s Wings will appeal to myriad readers looking for an exciting and well told story Full of wonderful real life characters, the book chronicles the history of the China National Aviation Corporation CNAC in the early days of commercial aviation Foremost among these personalities is William Langhorne Bond who arrives in China in 1931 to turn around a flagging airline With the outbreak of World War 2, Bond finds himself a major participant in the struggle to maintain airline operations in the face of Japanese attacks at great personal sacrifice There are many other wonderfully drawn studies of pilots, American and Chinese, key historical airline executives, as well as a cast of international political and military leaders Gregory Crouch, an extremely talented writer, explains the story the CNAC in the setting of the global events of the time in a thoroughly engaging manner Simply put, one of the best books I have read in quite some time and highly recommended.Murdo Morrison Crouch s China s Wings takes us on a roller coaster of an adventure The book gains steam amidst the 1920s explosion of the airline industry William Langhorne Bond, Crouch s protagonist, serendipitously jumps from a construction job to the airline industry in 1929, moments before the October 29, 1929 market crash provided the first spark that would, two years later, lead to a run on banks and ultimately to the Great Depression.Around the globe, the Chinese Nationalist Party slaughtered its way Crouch s China s Wings takes us on a roller coaster of an adventure The book gains steam amidst the 1920s explosion of the airline industry William Langhorne Bond, Crouch s protagonist, serendipitously jumps from a construction job to the airline industry in 1929, moments before the October 29, 1929 market crash provided the first spark that would, two years later, lead to a run on banks and ultimately to the Great Depression.Around the globe, the Chinese Nationalist Party slaughtered its way to power in 1928 Facing provincial warlords, the enmity of the Communists they had slaughtered, denigrating foreign treaties with Britain and the United States entered in the face of threats from Japan and Russia, belligerent Japanese, and an atrocious transportation network leaving a fractured country, the Nationalist Party formed China s first airline in 1929 in partnership with Bond s employer, Curtiss Wright The Chinese National Aviation Corporation was born and in a way, so was Bond.Heading to China in 1931 as the Vice President in Charge of Operations for CNAC, Bond s charge was to salvage as much of Curtiss Wright s half million dollar investment in CNAC as possible Taking us through Bond s 18 years of civilian service with CNAC, Crouch s words transport us time and time again into other worldly environments the cockpit of a low flying plane banking through a river gorge to allude Japanese fighter pilots, the sometimes deadly maze of Chinese politics, the ecstasy of a pilot seduced in flight by a lovely young maiden, the heartbreak of witnessing wounded children abandoned by nurses as bombing sirens screamed and squadrons approached, the will to live that provides the courage for a man with a broken leg to rescue himself from atop a snowy peak in the Himalayas, the list goes on.Crouch weaves the tale of Bond s success, as he expertly swam the treacherous waters of Chinese politics and, against all odds, built an airline that helped saved China inways than one A tale of bravery, devotion to one s country, job, and family, war, famine, love and lust, Crouch s first historical novel is not one to be missed As the granddaughter of a World War II Hump pilot, China s Wings was a fascinating read I grew up admiring my grandfather s adventures, flying men and cargo over the Himalayas from India to China during the war Gregory Crouch brings these stories of risk and bravery to life, along with the full history of the commercial airline that managed the airlift China National Aviation Corporation, a joint venture between Pan American and the Chinese government, provedefficient and competent at f As the granddaughter of a World War II Hump pilot, China s Wings was a fascinating read I grew up admiring my grandfather s adventures, flying men and cargo over the Himalayas from India to China during the war Gregory Crouch brings these stories of risk and bravery to life, along with the full history of the commercial airline that managed the airlift China National Aviation Corporation, a joint venture between Pan American and the Chinese government, provedefficient and competent at flying over the treacherous mountains in monsoons and snowstorms and dense fog than the Army Air Corps The visionary behind CNAC was William Langhorne Bond, a Virginian who escaped the Great Depression by shepherding the airline into a profitable business for Pan Am through the turbulent, war torn 30s and 40s in China, while Japanese soldiers and bombers attacked relentlessly Bond endured a dozen years in China, mostly separated from his wife and two sons, to keep the airline on a steady course through the war, as he was singularly suited to diplomatically work with Chinese government and business officials This book will remind you of the Aviator, but it will also illuminate a little known part of history leading up to Pearl Harbor and the action in the China Burma India theater A compelling story that has finally been told Greg Crouch spentthan 5 years researching and writing this book, and the results reflect that enormous effort It is an excellent history of China for anyone interested in the period leading up to and during WWII, and an outstanding history of the amazing role played by a small Chinese airline in the affairs of the world I use the word outstanding partly because the incredible depth of detail initially made me feel that it must be an historical novel The author assured me, however, that Greg Crouch spentthan 5 years researching and writing this book, and the results reflect that enormous effort It is an excellent history of China for anyone interested in the period leading up to and during WWII, and an outstanding history of the amazing role played by a small Chinese airline in the affairs of the world I use the word outstanding partly because the incredible depth of detail initially made me feel that it must be an historical novel The author assured me, however, that he was not aware of any non factual details in the book, and after exploring some of the resources on which he relied, I am confident of his veracity The rest of the reason for the use of the word outstanding is that despite the amazing depth of detail, Mr Crouch tells the story in a way that makes it a page turner I could not put the book down It is a compelling tale of both individual s and national strategies, tied together with impressive journalist s skill A must read for both aviation and WWII buffs I applaud Crouch s book, this is the kind of gem we get when an author has spent time researching their topic, but edited their manuscript without mercy To pull off a non fiction book that reads like a fiction novel is stunning and not easily done This is not something I would typically say, but filmmakers should pursue this book.China s Wings follows the real life events of an American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond Crouch s protagonist demonstrates how some of the best characters I applaud Crouch s book, this is the kind of gem we get when an author has spent time researching their topic, but edited their manuscript without mercy To pull off a non fiction book that reads like a fiction novel is stunning and not easily done This is not something I would typically say, but filmmakers should pursue this book.China s Wings follows the real life events of an American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond Crouch s protagonist demonstrates how some of the best characters remain in the realm of non fiction, stories of real people who did remarkable things Thank you Gregory Crouch for pointing out repeatedly , the isolationist policy the US held going into WWII Way to kick pacifist idiots in the head by discussing the inhumane acts our nation could have potentially hindered or stopped if the US had stepped up earlier Even if to only marginally cut off supplies and petroleum While I don t discredit the value works exploring the mentality of the Third Reich, I find it irritating there is not an equal amassing of exploratory literature covering the mentality of a nation of people Japan who celebrated the mass killing of civilians during their invasion of China China s Wings does such an effective job of illustrating the destruction Japan wrought against China in WWII Crouch made me cringe and ponder the deviation of an entire culture continent country of people How did they wittingly and collectively throw their moral compasses away, because there was no trickery or veiled propaganda about the civilian death toll in China Any of the battles, destroyed citied and provinces affected could be extrapolated on But Crouch delivers the necessary details to capture the horror of war and war crimes without loosing readers who might not enjoy long expositions about battles and tragic civilian death This is a must read for anyone who missed checking China as one of the United States allies during WWII on a high school history exam Aviation buff s, and military history fans should add this to their read list for sure Those interested in the tactics that evolved America s strategic airlift capability will enjoy this book Incidents portrayed in this book provide clear examples of why modern civilized nations conduct military operations with formal rules of engagement Crouch has a knack for describing both environment and action We are given enough detail to understand the difficult circumstances particular aircraft faced, but not so much to bore us into oblivion All the details given are useful and help heighten the drama the pilots faced in unusual circumstances told in the book And to all of my squeamish friends this is a book that involves a challenged airline during WWII a war Don t yell at me later if you read this book not understanding what kind of graphic content is usually associated with war The execution of this book can only be described as lovely Crouch has the capacity to use words to paint pictures, and create a setting that transports the reader to 1930 s China As praiseworthy as the craft of this book is, though, it is not the central achievement of the book Nor, I think, is the fact that Crouch makes history come alive because of the skill with which he tells the story of the men who created CNAC and made CNAC into a living thing that sustained a nation Rather, what he h The execution of this book can only be described as lovely Crouch has the capacity to use words to paint pictures, and create a setting that transports the reader to 1930 s China As praiseworthy as the craft of this book is, though, it is not the central achievement of the book Nor, I think, is the fact that Crouch makes history come alive because of the skill with which he tells the story of the men who created CNAC and made CNAC into a living thing that sustained a nation Rather, what he has done is to tell the story so clearly, so honestly, so faithfully that, without ever saying so, he illustrates what I can only call the human spirit He obeys the dictum of show don t tell and, with his prose illustrated the fact that ordinary men, in extraordinary circumstances, can if they choose, become extraordinary people There are not very many history books that, in the end, are inspirational, and China s Wings is