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John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest US fighter pilot ever - the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than 40 seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft - the F-15 and F-16. Still, others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story.
Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world, and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. On a personal level, Boyd rarely met a general he couldn't offend. He was loud, abrasive, and profane. A man of daring, ferocious passion and intractable stubbornness, he was that most American of heroes - a rebel who cared not for his reputation or fortune, but for his country.
©2002 Robert Coram (P)2016 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 11-19-16

Great Story

This is a long but great story of our nation's aeronautical history. I would absolutely recommend it if you are interested in history or aviation!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marc on 11-01-16

Outstanding!

I loved learning the background behind the legendary Col. John Boyd. The reader does an excellent job of telling the life story of Col. Boyd, and there was obviously a great deal of research done prior to the book being written. I highly recommend this book!

Semper Fi, Colonel.

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