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 U.S. military missions have been carried out entirely through use of the Air Force. This is LeMay's legacy.
"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 20th century." (Air Force Times)
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LeMay was a Hard-Core Legendary Leader
- Charlotte A. Hu "Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist"