Billy Mitchell: Crusader for Air Power

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"This is the best book—the most scholarly, the most judicial, the best written—about the intelligent, attractive, undiplomatic, quixotic Billy Mitchell, the legendary founder of today’s United States Air Force." —Robert H. Ferrell, author of Harry S. Truman: A Life

Revered by many Americans as a martyr for his cause,
Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell has been one of the least understood figures of modern military history. His position as the dominant figure in American ...

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Overview

"This is the best book—the most scholarly, the most judicial, the best written—about the intelligent, attractive, undiplomatic, quixotic Billy Mitchell, the legendary founder of today’s United States Air Force." —Robert H. Ferrell, author of Harry S. Truman: A Life

Revered by many Americans as a martyr for his cause,
Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell has been one of the least understood figures of modern military history. His position as the dominant figure in American aviation from 1919 until his court-martial in 1925 has made him the frequent subject of biography, film, and television,
but usually these portrayals have overemphasized the sensational elements of his story. For
Mitchell, sensationalism was only a means of drawing attention to his farsighted ideas on aviation.
In Billy Mitchell, he emerges as a man with a mission and a true pioneer of modern aviation, a man whose ideas about leadership in aerial operations inspire and instruct today’s airmen and women. Anyone interested in aviation will delight in this compelling biography.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hurley, a U.S. Air Force brigadier general, won high praise for this 1964 portrait of aviator Mitchell. He looked beyond the sensationalistic aspects of Mitchell's court martial to focus on his numerous achievements. Solid for biography and military history collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253201805
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Series: Midland Bks.
  • Edition description: New ed
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 807,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred F. Hurley, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.), is Professor of History and
Chancellor/President Emeritus at the University of North Texas, and publisher of Air Power History,
journal of the Air Force Historical Foundation. He lives in Denton, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. "A Fair Foundation"
2. "No
Decision on the Ground... before a Decision in the Air"
3. "Everything on a Broad Basis and
High Plane"
4. The First Campaign: "Make Them either 'Fish or Cut Bait'"
5. "The
First Line of Offense"
6. The Second Campaign: "Treasonable Administration of the National
Defense"
7. "It is Difficult to Get Them Stirred Up"
8. "The End of a Long and
Tortuous Road"
Epilogue: An Interpretation
Appendix: Additional
Insights
Abbreviations Appearing in Notes and
Bibliography
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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