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Book: The Flying Tigers

Fall 2018

“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.

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Listen to Sam Kleiner talk about the stories behind his book and how this history impacts US-China relations today on Episode 32 of the Northwestern Alumni Association podcast, "Northwestern Intersections." He shares insights from both his career in the legal industry as well as from an author’s perspective.

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