“There’s a certain symmetry between law and history,” says Sam Kleiner ’09, a New York lawyer and author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan. As a child, Kleiner had heard stories about World War II from his grandfather, who had been a navigator on a B-25. Kleiner developed an interest in the Flying Tigers — pilots who flew iconic shark-nosed P-40 fighters in combat after Pearl Harbor — and when he came across a series of love letters between pilot John Petach and Emma Foster, their passion revealed an intimacy and exuberance that made him eager to write a book on the now little-known group. Kleiner has no immediate plans for a future book — he says his job at Boies Schiller Flexner keeps him plenty busy — but he’s keeping an eye out for more hidden histories.
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Check out "A Born Statesman," our 2009 senior profile on Sam Kleiner.