Rough War (Paperback)
The Combat Story of Lt Paul J. Eastman, A "Burma Banshee" P-40 & P-47 Pilot
2012 USA Best Book Awards
Military History category
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
"One of the most unusual and insightful stories of a young American at war, and it has a particular significance for today." — from the Foreword by Walter J. Boyne.
Paul Eastman was one of thousands of fighter pilots who served honorably, bravely, and with little fanfare during World War II. He did not end the war as a celebrated national hero. No air base was ever named for him. He never became an ace. He never became famous. Paul spent 20 months flying daily combat sorties in one of the most difficult environments of the war — the China-Burma-India Theater.
Paul Eastman maintained a daily diary throughout the war, covering his life in the air and on the ground. Rough War is based on those diaries and the many letters he wrote to his wife. His letters professed his love, expressed his post-war hopes, documented his ongoing fears, and voiced his concerns for his wife and family stateside. Would he survive the war? What would he do afterward?
Although the CBI has been labeled the "forgotten theater" of WW II, Paul Eastman's story helps ensure that the men who fought the air war over its unforgiving jungles and mountains will never be forgotten.
Rough War is an important story that makes an equally important connection to the effects of war on the members of the US military today.
Praise from Reviewers
"An engaging history of a small part of a global war."
"A rare achievement [that] offers a rewarding, creative approach to history."
Ed Rasimus, Author of Palace Cobra and When Thunder Rolled (Fighter Pilot, Vietnam, F-105 and F-4)
"Presents a unique history of the making of a combat fighter pilot."
"Brings back lots of memories of my time in that part of the world."
"In the annals of WWII aerial warfare Rough War is a jewel that has been missing for far too long."
Jim Hooper, author of A Hundred Feet Over Hell
"Far more than the story of a typical American World War II volunteer."
Eric Hammel, author of The Road to Big Week
"Provides a rare perspective."
Barrett Tillman, author of Whirlwind
"Rough War is a riveting war story, highly recommended."