The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown

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Published:February 20, 2007
By Theodore Taylor (Author)

Jesse Leroy Brown was born in 1926 to sharecroppers in the segregated South. An outstanding student and top athlete, he set his sights on becoming a Navy pilot despite the resistance of his family and the rampant Jim Crow laws. Brown went on to become the first black man to fly a Navy fighter and make a carrier landing. Based on archival documents and interviews with those who knew Brown, this is both a stirring story of a man breaking historic racial barriers and a thrilling tale of naval carrier aviation and combat.

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Product Details
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 20, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1591148529
  • ISBN-13: 9781591148524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 15.02 oz
  • "A compelling portrait of a quiet hero, of the racial climate between 1926 and 1959, and of the last days of propeller-driven naval aviation." — Booklist

Theodore Taylor, a merchant mariner during most of World War II, had become a naval officer by war's end, serving in the Pacific. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown.

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