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FLYBOYS. A True Story of Courage

Bradley, James Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there-were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima. The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder. Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men. Bradley's quest for the truth took him from dusty attics in WAmerican small towns, to untapped government archives containing classified documents, to the heart of Japan, and finally to Chichi Jima itself. What he discovered was a mystery that dated back far before World War II-back 150 years, to America's westward expansion and Japan's first confrontation with the western world. Bradley brings into vivid focus these brave young men who went to war for their country, and through their lives he also tells the larger story of two nations in a hellish war. With no easy moralizing, Bradley presents history in all its savage complexity, including the Japanese warrior mentality that fostered inhuman brutality and the U.S. military strategy that justified attacks on millions of civilians. And, after almost sixty years of mystery, Bradley finally reveals the fate of the eight American Flyboys, all of whom would ultimately face a moment and a decision that few of us can even imagine. Flyboys is a story of war and horror but also of friendship and honor. It is about how we die, and how we live-including the tale of the Flyboy who escaped capture, a young Navy pilot named George H. W. Bush who would one day become president of the United States. A masterpiece of historical narrative, Flyboys will change forever our understanding of the Pacific war and the very things we fight for. 398 pages illustrated from photographs. Includes acknowledgments, notes, bibliography and Index. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket
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SHADOW DIVERS. The True Adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II

Kurson, Robert Inscribed by the author on the title page. In the tradition of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery-and make history themselves. For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships. But in the fall of 1991, not even these courageous divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface, in the frigid Atlantic waters sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey: a World War II German U-boat, its ruined interior a macabre wasteland of twisted metal, tangled wires, and human bones-all buried under decades of accumulated sediment. No identifying marks were visible on the submarine or the few artifacts brought to the surface. No historian, expert, or government had a clue as to which U-boat the men had found. In fact, the official records all agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location. Over the next six years, an elite team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery. Some of them would not live to see its end. Chatterton and Kohler, at first bitter rivals, would be drawn into a friendship that deepened to an almost mystical sense of brotherhood with each other and with the drowned U-boat sailors-former enemies of their country. As the men's marriages frayed under the pressure of a shared obsession, their dives grew more daring, and each realized that he was hunting more than the identities of a lost U-boat and its nameless crew. Author Robert Kurson's account of this quest is at once thrilling and emotionally complex, and it is written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the ocean's underworld. The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened, two hundred thirty feet down, in the deep blue sea. With acknowledgements and index. 335 pages illustrated from photographs. A near fine clean copy in a near fine dust jacket
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A SINGULAR AESTHETIC. Photographs & Drawings 1921-1941. A Catalog Raisonne

Outerbridge, Paul 4to. Edited by Elaine Dines in Collaboration with Graham Howe. Introductory Essay by Bernard Barryte with Graham Howe and Elaine Dines. Laid in is a color postcard, 5 1/2 x 8 inches, featuring a color photo by Outerbridge "Nude with Marble Bust", on the verso is an invitation to see the exhibition of Paul Outerbridge Jr on view at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art. A catalogue-raisonné including fifty-six black and white photographs, six line drawings, one dye-transfer print, and thirty-nine Carbro-color prints comprising the museum exhibition reproduced as full page plates. In addition, a supplementary section of 438 half-tone reproductions contains all known images by Paul Outerbridge produced during the artist's most prolific years, 1921-1941. Published in 1981 by The Laguna Art Museum. What makes this volume special is "The three dimensional front cover of this volume with its mounted hinged mat displaying one of Outerbridge's most famous Carbro-color prints, "Woman with Claws". With the hinged mat lifted, that part of the original image subsequently edited out by Outerbridge can be examined, allowing the viewer to study the aesthetic of Outerbridge's editorial process. His original intention was to objectify the model, evidenced by the mask; however, the full intention was not achieved until the final presentation-the overmatting." According to the publisher only about 400 copies were produced in this deluxe edition instead of the stated 1500 copies in the colophon. A near fine sharp copy in cloth with photo mounted to front cover
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A BIRD OF PASSAGE. The Story of My Life. From the Alps of Austria to Hollywood, U.S.A.

Lang, Otto This copy stamped in black ink on the front free endpaper; "Seattle7Writers / NOT FOR RESALE". Inscribed on the title page by the author; "To My Dear Friend / Emmett / Sempre Fidelis / (signed) Otto and dated Sept' 95." Emmett Watson was Seattle's journalist emeritus who showed great enthusiasm and advice as this book was being written. Among the great names in the world of alpine skiing, that of Otto Lang ranks high. And not just a great sportsman, Lang was to become an important contributor to the world of American filmmaking as well. In this compelling and richly anecdotal autobiography, Lang tells his fascinating life story. "Born in Bosnia in 1908 and raised in Salzburg, Austria, Lang came to the United States in 1935 to introduce fellow Austrian Hannes Schneider's revolutionary Arlberg method of ski instruction to the New World. "During his early years in the U.S., Lang founded ski schools on Mounts Rainier, Baker, and Hood in the Pacific Northwest and eventually succeeded Friedl Pfeifer as director of the famed Sun Valley Ski School. "At Sun Valley, Lang taught many of Hollywood's elite to ski, among them the legendary Darryl F. Zanuck of Twentieth Century Fox. Through Zanuck, Lang found an introduction to the world of American cinema. From acting in and later producing ski films, he graduated to feature films, eventually directing and producing dozens of films and over 100 television programs. "His screen credits include Call Nourished 777, starring Jimmy Stewart; the 1952 James Mason thriller Five Fingers; and the Japanese sequences of Tora! Tora! Tora! Lang received four Academy Award nominations during his distinguished career. "As ski instructor and filmmaker, Otto Lang made many remarkable friends, and in these pages, he recalls in vivid detail his relationships with an international cast of characters, among them the great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (the Shah of Iran), Russian operatic star Feodor Chaliapin, ski filmmaker Warren Miller, documentarian Lowell Thomas, plus Darryl Zanuck and a host of Hollywood notables. 463 pages illustrated from photographs. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket
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HEAD ON A PIKE. The Illustrated Lyrics of Matt Pike. Signed by Matt Pike

Pike, Matt This copy signed by Matt Pike. This is a retrospective of musical poetry by heavy metal guitarist and frontman, Matt Pike, which spans twenty years beginning in 1998 with the album Art of Self Defense up to the latest release, the 2019 Grammy-Award winning record, Electric Messiah. Every chapter features brand-new artistic interpretations from the minds and hearts of an incredible cast of illustrators, tattooers, printmakers, and painters Pike has been trusted since the beginning to depict his vision. The cast of artists are Arik Roper, David V. D'Andrea, Santos, Brian Mercer, Skinner, Jondix,Stash, Tim Lehi, Jordan Barlow, and Derrick Snodgrass created brand new, never before seen works specifically inspired by each album, including one large illustration to define the chapter ahead and two additional vignettes that are directly inspired by the songs. Each has their own bold and iconic style that perfectly compliments the breadth of Pike's various works. These prolific artists transport the reader further into a far-away landscape of ominous Lovecraftian entities, shrouded in wondrous and esoteric darkness. Together, they have redefined the way we perceive Underground Doom Metal these past twenty years and it is our honor to showcase them together along with the incredible written word of Pike. 87 pages. Issued sans dust jacket. A fine copy bound in illustrated boards with black backstrip
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THE EVERLASTING SKY. New Voices from the People Named the Chippewa

Vizenor, Gerald The author's classic first book provides a unique view of reservation life in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the early days of the American Indian Movement. Gerald Vizenor, named to Utne Reader's list of one hundred "people who could change your life," has been a significant force in Native American literature and criticism for over thirty years. In this, his classic first book of essays, Vizenor presents a stark but vital view of reservation life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a collection that Studies in American Indian Literatures called "memorable portraits of real people who defied yet finally were overcome by the dominant society." Focusing on the people of the northern reservations, particularly the White Earth Reservation where he grew up, Vizenor puts a human face on those desperate and politically charged times that saw frequent government intervention and the emergence of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In his trademark style, Vizenor juxtaposes these snapshots of contemporary life against images and dream sequences from Anishinabe folktales and ceremonies. As the Chronicle of Higher Education has observed, Vizenor's "paradoxical achievement has been to garner a reputation as an innovative avant-garde writer by embracing, and revitalizing, ancient oral storytelling traditions." In his new introduction, composed especially for this edition, Vizenor reflects on the changes that have occurred on the reservations in the last three decades and updates the lives of this fascinating and various cast of characters. A very good plus copy in pastel blue cloth over boards with sunning to the extreme edges of the book, in a fine dust jacket
  • $75