Hero or Villain?THE FIREBOMBING OF TOKYO. Strategic Air Command. John F. Kennedy. Dr. Strangelove. George Wallace. All of these have one man in commonGeneral Curtis LeMay, who remains as unknowable and controversial as he was in life.Until now. Warren Kozak traces the trajectory of Americas most infamous general, from his troubled background and heroic service in Europe to his firebombing of Tokyo, guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War, frustrated career in government, and short-lived political run. Curtis LeMays life spanned an epoch in American military history, from the small U.S. Army Air Corps of the interwar years to the nuclear age.LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay tells the whole story of the innovative pilot and navigator, the courageous general who led his bomber formations from the front, flying the lead bomber, the brilliant strategist, the unflagging patriot, and the founder of modern strategic bombing, who was famous and notorious in turns.In LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay, youll learn:How LeMay developed the strategy and techniques that transformed Allied bombing in World War II, radically improving results and saving livesWhy he developed the plan of fire-bombing TokyoWhy he expected a war with RussiaHow he tried to prevent the Bay of Pigs disasterWho really came up with the idea of bombing the North Vietnamese back into the Stone AgeWhy he agreed to be George Wallaces running mate in the election of 1968despite loathing Wallace and most of his policiesLeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay gives an unprecedented glimpse into the might and mind of one of the founding fathers of air power, whose influence, and controversy, continues to this day.
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