Witnessing the American Century : Via Berlin, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, and the Straits of Florida

Brady, Capt. Allen Colby, author

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  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Ashland : The Kent State University Press, 2019.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (222 pages)
  • ISBNs 9781612778105, 1612778100
  • OCLC on1089972695


  • "The rise of Adolf Hitler, America's Great Depression in the heartland, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, American life following World War II, the Korean War, America's development of atomic weapons in the Cold War age, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Mariel boatlift. Captain Allen Brady not only witnessed all of these events but actually participated in them, in many instances as a US Naval Aviator. So many Americans and global citizens alike are not even aware of the importance of these pivotal moments; as generations age and pass on, without important accounts like this one, much is forgotten. More than just a memoir, Brady's book is an important document from one of the last of his generation, reminding us of the pivotal moments that should not be lost to history. Witnessing the American Century is Captain Brady's firsthand account of his incredible life, and his memories elucidate America's role in the most significant world events from the previous century."--Provided by publisher.


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  • Intro; Halftitle Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Prologue; Part 1; Chapter 1: A Flash of Orange Light; Chapter 2: Heartbreak Hotel; Chapter 3: The Code; Chapter 4: Little Vegas; Chapter 5: My Friend Fred and Our Pet Spider; Part 2; Chapter 6: To China in the Springtime; Chapter 7: An Exotic World; Chapter 8: War; Chapter 9: Academy Man; Part 3; Chapter 10: Boring Holes in the Sky; Chapter 11: Operation Hardtack; Chapter 12: Old, Bold Pilots; Chapter 13: Bahia de Cochinos; Chapter 14: Greek Games; Chapter 15: Brinkmanship
  • Chapter 16: Good Morning, VietnamPart 4; Chapter 17: The Third Geneva Convention; Chapter 18: Uncle Ho; Chapter 19: The Cuban Program; Chapter 20: Your Blue Suit; Chapter 21: Escape; Chapter 22: The Bob and Ed Show; Chapter 23: I Will Give You Independence and Happiness but Not Freedom; Chapter 24: Living with Prosperity; Chapter 25: Son Tay Raid; Chapter 26: Release; Chapter 27: Homecoming; Part 5; Chapter 28: Matwing One; Chapter 29: A New Life, a New Navy; Chapter 30: Retirement; Chapter 31: The Mariel Boatlift; Chapter 32: When Retirement Fails; Chapter 33: Reunion
  • Chapter 34: Where Do We Get Such Men?Epilogue; Suggested Reading; Index
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