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The first black fighter pilot wasn't even allowed to fly for his own country -- the United States. Undeterred, Eugene Bullard rose to fame by shooting down German planes as part of France's elite Lafayette Flying Corps during WWI. Larry Greenly has penned a compelling biography, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot, that will help rescue Bullard from undeserved obscurity. Through extensive research, including Bullard's own memoirs, Greenly relates the extraordinary tale of Bullard's courage and perseverance in the face of unending prejudice and bigotry. This is a remarkable book about a remarkable man.
Young adults -- and especially the boys -- will love this action-packed story of African-American accomplishment. Greenly has done a great job in capturing both the spirit of Eugene Bullard and the times he lived in.
Greenly's fast-paced narrative about a long-forgotten black fighter pilot is a must-read for American history buffs.
Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot provides a gripping and fascinating look at the life story of the world’s first black fighter pilot. Born a citizen of the United States, Eugene Bullard worked his way to France as a teenager. Eugene became a flying ace for the French during WWI and fought again in WWII. He won the Legion of Honor medal from France in 1959. I hope this fine, meticulously researched biography thrusts his accomplishments into the limelight they deserve here in the United States.
Every so often a diligent biographer finds an undiscovered gem and holds it to the light. Larry Greenly offers us the overlooked life of Eugene Bullard, Georgia boy and son of a slave, who as a WWI fighter pilot earned fifteen medals including the Croix de Guerre -- yet who, on his return to the United States, became again the victim of prejudice, excluded and forgotten. Greenly restores to us an unknown, unsung, and shamefully neglected American hero.
Chances are, you've never heard of Eugene Jacques Bullard. But you should. So thanks to Larry W. Greenly for bringing this hero of the French Foreign Legion and the Lafayette Flying Corps, who fought Germans and racism, to vivid life. From takeoff to landing, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot is full of adventure, triumphs and tragedies. Above all, it's a human story sure to appeal to readers young and old.
Eugene Bullard had many fascinating adventures that will engage readers. A worthwhile introduction to a decorated hero of two world wars who overcame obstacles in difficult times.
A great read . . . a real page turner.
Using Bullard’s memoirs and other sparse information about him, Greenly crafts a moving, novelistic biography that portrays Bullard’s undying fortitude throughout his life. Meanwhile, the black- and-white photos, of everything from a teenage Bullard boxing to wartime aircrafts, add plenty of historical flavor.
The beginning of this biography is a whirlwind of information that might, at first, deter readers; however, the narrative style allows teens to connect with Bullard, especially in his vividly described wartime experiences. Students will not only learn about Bullard but will also get a firsthand account of being a soldier in the Great War and a member of the French Resistance. Many primary-source photographs of Bullard and various types of planes are included. This will make a great addition to any library’s biography section, especially as Bullard’s amazing story will not be found elsewhere.
The story of Eugene Bullard could not be any more fantastic if it were made up entirely and sold as a novel. . . Eugene Bullard is a young adult book, clearly written and researched. One is strongly tempted to read more about this extraordinary fellow.
Larry Greenly brings us the story of this hardy young man in a fast paced but thoroughly enjoyable narrative which is easily understandable even for someone who has never dwelt deeper in the strange world that was Bullard’s reality. You are transported right to where the action is and the characters talk and feel and live their lives in front of you eyes. Thoroughly recommended.
An illuminating tale about the world's first black fighter pilot. Bullard’s story is recounted in a brisk narrative style for young readers by Albuquerque author Larry Greenly. Greenly’s biography of Bullard avoids the dry recitation normally associated with military history. The book provides a welcome addition to young adult nonfiction that addresses the civil rights struggle. Should be included on adult reading lists as well.
Larry Greenly's biography intrigued, enlightened, and saddened me. To live and fight for a country during a time of intense war, only to be treated less than human, yet remain true to your dreams of tolerance and love is truly a feat for only the bravest among us. Eugene's perseverance and drive should encourage us all to seek the good in everyone. Mr. Greenly reminds us of the true American hero who was Eugene Bullard, the World's First Black Fighter Pilot.