LeMay

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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 ...

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Overview

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, LeMay will keep readers on their edge of their seats.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The general in charge of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Curtis Emerson LeMay witnessed the beginning of the age of nuclear weaponry. As commander of the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, he saw its consequences in the escalating tension with Russia and his campaigns in North and South Korea. Tillman (author of 40 books including Warriors) calls LeMay one of "the chilliest of cold war Republicans," having made the dubious choice to become the 1968 running mate of segregationist George Wallace. Though LeMay claimed to have joined the campaign out of concern for opponent Richard Nixon's foreign policy, the move permanently damaged his reputation. "It is not recorded that anyone ever accused Curtis LeMay of charisma," observes Tillman, adding, "Perhaps no other American military leader of the 20th century was so successful without possessing a charismatic personality." That may help explain why the book includes significantly more discussion of B-29s and B-52s than it does anecdotes or direct quotes that illustrate LeMay's character or personal life. Well informed and clear, this somewhat dry account will interest air force enthusiasts, though LeMay's charmlessness is unlikely to win over many casual readers. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"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 and columnist for the Air Force Times

"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, this portrait of history's greatest air commander is 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, National Air & Space Museum

"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 reference on the life and work of America's most famous and controversial combat bomber commander."—Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Aviation Historian, author of Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity Through the First World War

“Tillman’s dazzling achievement here is to penetrate not just the life, but the inner persona of LeMay, the greatest air commander of World War II and the Cold War. In pages that echo with perfect pitch LeMay’s own direct and confident voice, emerges the story of the man who was far more than the Neanderthal who learned to fly. Love him or hate him, LeMay remains a true leader—a man who led from the front and who listened far more than he spoke.”—Richard B. Frank, author of MacArthur, Downfall, and Guadalcanal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230613966
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Great Generals Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Barrett Tillman is the author of forty books, including the bestseller Warriors. He has received numerous awards, including the American Aviation Historical Society's Outstanding Contributor Award, the Air Force Historical Foundation Writing Award, and the Admiral Arthur Radford Award for Naval Aviation History & Literature.

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Table of Contents


Timeline     vi
LeMay Airplanes     vii
Foreword   General Wesley K. Clark     viii
Introduction     1
Wings     3
Bombers     13
England     21
China     41
Marianas     53
Postwar     79
SAC: Forging the Weapon     93
SAC: Wielding the Weapon     121
Washington     141
Retirement     169
Debrief     177
Legacy     185
Notes     195
Index     202
Acknowledgments     206
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    leadership in aviation

    just finished reading barrett tillmans newest bestseller 'lemay' I found it to be very impressive and very well researched and most well documented. what I liked about it was it was a small book yet it covered a fantastic biography of a leadership role in world war 2 and korea and this publication gave alot of command principles.from reading this book I learned that if it wasnt for general lemays aviation tactics alot more soldiers would have died.

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