LeMay: A Biography [Paperback]

Item : LeMay: A Biography [Paperback]
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Author Author : Tillman, Barrett
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0230613969
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780230613966
Publisher Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Pages Pages : 224
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100219219

LeMay was a terrifying, complex, and brilliant general. In World War II, he ordered the firebombing of Tokyo and was in charge when Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was responsible for tens of thousands of civilian deaths--a fact he liked to celebrate by smoking Cuban cigars. But LeMay was also the man who single-handedly transformed the American air force from a ramshackle team of poorly trained and badly equipped pilots into one of the fiercest and most efficient weapons of the war. Over the last decades, most U.S. military missions were carried out entirely through the employment of the Air Force; this is LeMay's legacy. Packed with breathtaking battles in the air and inspiring leadership tactics on the ground,LeMaywill keep readers on their edge of their seats.

Mr. Tillman finds much to admire in LeMay, a general who led his own bomber missions and was more familiar with flying equipment than his own men. Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun

[Tillman] retrieves some of the enduring lessons of leadership that can be learned from one of America's greatest airmen...[and] skillfully blends elements from LeMay's personal and professional lives with the historical, providing a remarkably nuanced appreciation for this greatest of bomber generals. Naval War College Review

A good start for anyone unfamiliar with this most influential airman of World War II. Clayton Chun, WWII

He was the nation's top bomber hero. Yet Curtis E. LeMay is often portrayed as one-dimensional--a gruff, cigar-chomping brute. The man who defined combat leadership in the European war, wielded the B-29 Superfortress against Japan, and shaped the postwar Strategic Air Command, was far more complex than his detractors claim. Barrett Tillman, one of America's top history writers, gives us an authentic feel for LeMay and for the way LeMay left his mark on the twentieth century. Robert F. Dorr, author of Air Combat aló]

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