Air America by Christopher Robbins
From World War II to Vietnam
The Explosive True Story of the CIA's Secret Airline
Begins like a spy novel and ends by raising the hair on your head ...
Here is the incredible inside story of the world's most extraordinary covert operation - Air America, a secret airline run by the CIA, which at its height had the biggest commercial airfleet in the world.
Air America flew the missions no one else would touch, from General Claire Chennault's legendary Flying Tigers in WW2 to two brutal decades cruising over the bomb-savaged jungles of Southeast Asia. The pilots dared all and did all - a high-rolling, fast-playing bunch of has-beens and hellraisers whose motto was ""Anything, Anywhere, Anytime."" Whether it was delivering food and weapons or spooks and opium, Air America was the one airline where you didn't need reservations - just a hell of a lot of courage and a willingness to fly to the bitter end.
Now with Additional New Material!
This updated edition of Air America now includes a new prologue, looking back over the years at the reaction to the book - from pilots, the CIA, the US government, and the general media; plus a new chapter which provides a stinging critique, and the real story behind the making of the widely criticized motion picture of the same name.
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