Sketches of a Black Cat

Sketches of a Black Cat

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(B&W or Color ~ click "2 formats" then paperback arrow for Color) Howard Miner was a student at a small Midwestern college when the War broke out. His journey through training and tours of duty as a PBY pilot in the South Pacific are skillfully captured in his art and narratives, framing a wartime drama with a personal coming of age story. This memoir has been reconstructed from a small library of unpublished artwork, journal entries, and writing, providing an enjoyable behind the scenes look at the Navy Black Cats. The descriptive verse from the artist’s viewpoint gives us a creatively told and intriguing portrayal of WWII’s Pacific Theater.
* * * * "Sketches of a Black Cat" is a unique and fascinating memoir of a World War II combat aviator ~ with original and previously unpublished sketches and photographs. This artfully crafted book is a must read for anyone in search of a new and completely different view into the world of war in the Pacific and on the home front during America's greatest conflict." ~ Larkin Spivey, military historian and author.
* * * * "Wonderful and beautifully real stories such as this are dying every day as we lose our WWII veterans. Kudos to Ron Miner for preserving and sharing with the rest of us the gold of his father's journals, photos, and drawings to bring us such a compelling look at life during the war. This is not only a valuable and insightful historical document but a dramatic and warm personal story." ~ Don Keith, WWII author
* * * * “... Howard Miner’s memoirs are a wonderful view into the world of a patrol squadron at war, showing not only the excitement and terror of war, but also what ordinary men in extraordinary situations did to find inventive ways to combat boredom and stress. Miner sees the war through the eyes of an artist, revealing details of day-to-day life that are often overlooked in war time narratives. A wholly enjoyable story!” ~ Stewart Bailey, Curator, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
* * * * * “...Howard was a careful observer and chronicler, both in prose and pictures, of a war experience that is at once singular and reflective of thousands of other young men belonging to what Tom Brokaw has famously called the ‘Greatest Generation.’ Every reader will be grateful to Ron Miner for adapting his father’s journals and seeing this material into print.” ~ Jim Hills, Professor of Humanities, Corban University* * * *

Product Details

  • Author: Ron Miner
  • Publication Date: 2012-11-05
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Binding: Paperback, 158 pages
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 1000L x 701W x 34H
    • Weight: 64
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 1000L x 700W x 36H
    • Weight: 81
  • List Price: $20.00
  • ISBN: 148026072X
  • ASIN: 148026072X

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