We gave it a B
You already know what happened to one of the nine U.S. pilots shot down over the island of Chichi Jima during WWII (his name was George H. W. Bush). What you don’t know — in fact, what was kept top secret until 1997 — was the fate of the other eight, who didn’t manage to elude capture. Bradley (”Flags of Our Fathers”) uses declassified documents and interviews with retired Japanese soldiers to tell their story — and it turns out to be so shocking one almost wishes it were still secret: They were captured, tortured, executed, then sauteed and served at the officers’ mess. Bradley does his best to pull inspiration from this gruesome yarn, but it’s not a history lesson for readers with weak stomachs.