LeMay: A Biography

By Barrett Tillman
Foreword by General Wesley K. Clark
Read by Tom Weiner

The Great Generals Series

6.00 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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Packed with breathtaking air battles and ground tactics, this new addition to the Great Generals Series features the controversial command and strategies of the former Air Force Chief of Staff. Curtis 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 Japan. 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 poorly trained and badly equipped pilots into one of the fiercest weapons of the war. Over the last decades, most US military missions were carried out entirely through use of the Air Force. This is LeMay’s legacy.

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Summary

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Packed with breathtaking air battles and ground tactics, this new addition to the Great Generals Series features the controversial command and strategies of the former Air Force Chief of Staff.

Curtis 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 Japan. 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 poorly trained and badly equipped pilots into one of the fiercest weapons of the war. Over the last decades, most US military missions were carried out entirely through use of the Air Force. This is LeMay’s legacy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant book! Barrett Tillman describes the true magnitude of LeMay’s achievements, while rendering the first posthumous biography of a complex, controversial figure. Objective and beautifully written…an absolute must for every aviation or military historian and for anyone interested in leadership.” Walter J. Boyne, author of Roaring Thunder and former director of the National Air and Space Museum
“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.” New York Sun
“Thorough, balanced, and insightful, Barrett Tillman’s masterful biography of Curtis LeMay is a long-overdue and thought-provoking study, one certain to become a standard.” Dr. Richard P. Hallion, aviation historian and author of Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity through the First World War
“Curtis E. LeMay…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 and columnist for the Air Force Times

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Author Bio: Barrett Tillman

Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized expert on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics, including Whirlwind. His work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. The former managing editor of The Hook, he is frequently seen in television documentaries in the United States and Europe. He has received numerous awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English