The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology. By Daniel L. Haulman. Montgomery AL: NewSouth Books, 2017. Photographs. Bibliography. Pp. 179. $25.95 paperback ISBN: 978-1-58838-341-9
The role of the Tuskegee Airmen in American history is both extraordinary and inspirational. Facing incredible obstacles of discrimination and segregation in both civil and military life, their legacy goes beyond their successes in the skies over Europe and significantly advances the cause of civil and equal rights. This story has been related in numerous books, articles, and even Hollywood movies. Is there a need for another book on the subject? Does another volume add value or new insights to the historical record? In the case of Haulman's The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology, the answer is a resounding yes.
While the existing literature about the Tuskegee Airmen has raised the public's awareness of the lives and accomplishments of these men, not all of it has been based on historical fact and, in some cases, has created almost a mythical legend about this intrepid group of men. Daniel Haulman, Ph.D., Chief of the Organizational History Division of the Air Force Historical Research Agency and a preeminent authority on the Tuskegee Airmen, has done much to establish an accurate record of the history surrounding them. Co-author of the definitive The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History, 1939-1949, eight other books about Air Force history, and dozens of articles, Dr. Haulman has dispelled some of the myths associated with the Tuskegee Airmen while concurrently expounding their achievements and contributions.
The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology is an important and valuable addition to the narrative about African American aviation in World War II. It presents a...