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Author: Barrett Tillman Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Great Generals Series Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781481550536
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blanden2000 | 11/19/2013

    " An interesting, if a bit adoring, history of a true warrior of the spartan ilk. If he'd been around in 2003 under Bush, we'd all be paddling different canoes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 10/1/2012

    " I loved it Curtis E. Lemay is a unsung American hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 6/11/2012

    " Having served in SAC post-Lemay I am well aware of the standards and achievements attributed to him. Mr. Kozak did an excellent job of explaining how those standards came to be. The book read fast and held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanugee | 7/13/2011

    " I heard all the Dr. Strangelove / bombing them back to the Stone Age comments and decided to research this man's history myself. Love him or loathe him we can be thankful to have had men like him serving our country. I have personally visited the SAC museum in NE and it is a sobering experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 11/13/2010

    " Purely inspirational- Lemay was a man of blunt honesty and truth, but author Warren Kozak isn't afraid to point out his often severe flaws as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/19/2009

    " The story of America's youngest general. Not an easy man to appreciate, LeMay was controversial and yet misunderstood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 10/28/2008

    " Covers the beginning of SAC "

About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Colonel Cole C. Kingseed is a thirty-year Army veteran who served in a variety of command and staff positions. He earned his MA in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College and his PhD in history from Ohio State. He taught at West Point, where he served as chief of military history for four years. Kingseed is the author of more than fifty articles on corporate and military leadership and such books as Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956 and Old Glory Stories: Combat Leadership in World War II. He is a founding partner of Battlefield Leadership, LLC, and president of his own leadership consulting firm, the Brecourt Leadership Experience, whose clients include International Paper, Ernst & Young, USAA, and Bayer, among others.