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The Man Called Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot by [Simmons, Thomas E.]
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How did a black child, growing up in segregationist Mississippi during the early 1900s, become the commander of the Imperial Ethiopian Air Corps during the brutal Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935? In this gripping, never-before-told tale, biographer Thoma


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3165 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 162087217X
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (18 December 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQZJ1QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazing man, outstanding story, exemplary writing!
Whenever I read a true story of someone who has done extraordinary things and never received the recognition deserved, I stand in ovation as it finally happens. Tom Simmons has brought to light the life of John Robinson, a man who never used the word 'can't' and gave his whole life to flying and teaching others, especially those underdogs who would not have had the opportunity, to fly. I cried as I read how he became a janitor so he could eavesdrop on the classes he needed to take to get his pilot's license (which he was not allowed to take because he was black). Who, in our time, do you see that breaks through barriers like that? I would love to see Denzel Washington play him in the movie! He would be perfect for it! My hat is off to Tom Simmons! Oh, and did you see this book was presented to the President of Ethiopia? Holy smokes! What an honor!
— CJ Loiacono
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 May 2013
By James N. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an important book about an extraordinary individual. It's been said that victors write history, but even being on the winning side isn't always enough. As Senior Editor of World Book, I revised the encyclopedia's Civil War article to include what had been an important omission: that there were more freed slaves in the Union Army by war's end than soldiers in the entire Confederate militia. That factor played a decisive role in the war's outcome.
Similarly, John C. Robinson was a great American aviator - internationally acclaimed in his lifetime - but as a black Mississippian, he's been largely forgotten. If not for author Thomas Simmons' excellent research - much of it derived through personal interviews - Robinson's achievements might continue to go unnoticed.
Yet much of what this man did looms all the brighter when we consider the racial barriers he surmounted. When an aviation school denied him admission, Robinson took a janitorial job there and audited classes broom-in-hand. He built his own plane, started his own flying school - even helped create a black airport when white ones refused to refuel his plane.
Robinson's pushed for an aviation program at Tuskegee Institute to train other black pilots, giving rise to the famous Tuskegee airmen who performed so bravely as the Red Tail squadron in World War Two. Not waiting for the US to enter that war, Robinson began fighting fascism in 1935 when Mussolini attacked Ethiopia. The Brown Condor led the Ethiopian air force, being twice wounded and also gassed. And after the war, he helped establish an Ethiopian airline.
-- Newton Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Opened my eyes to Mussolini's ruthless invasion ... 22 February 2017
By Alan B. Hennis - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Opened my eyes to Mussolini's ruthless invasion of Ethiopia, and the difficulties of breaking into aviation for African American pilots. This is the story of a brave, dedicated and devoted man who lived for Ethiopians, and for the future of African American Aviation, in spite of terrible odds and opposition. John C. Robinson was and is a real American hero and inspiration.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an extraordinary story about a truly extraordinary man that is beautifully told through the writing of Thomas Simmons 15 January 2017
By H. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This book arrived in the morning and I didn't put it down until I was done in the evening. Such an extraordinary story about a truly extraordinary man that is beautifully told through the writing of Thomas Simmons. It is one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time. And I will encourage others to learn about the life and legacy of John Charles Robinson.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of a story never told 14 October 2013
By David Gower - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book about a great man. I am a big fan of minority success stories. I have heard of the Tuskegee Airman, and as Paul Harvey used to say, "...now you know the rest of the story..."
4.0 out of 5 stars I learned a great deal from this book 23 October 2015
By Betty S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned a great deal from this book. It was exciting as well as educational. It was read just after reading The Wright Brothers which helped to understand the time line and the many events in our history.