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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 U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty 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. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground. His ideas led to America's swift and decisive victory in the Gulf War and foretold the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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. He was a true patriot, a man who made a career of challenging the shortsighted and self-serving Pentagon bureaucracy. America owes Boyd and his disciples -- the six men known as the "Acolytes" -- a great debt. Robert Coram finally brings to light the remarkable story of a man who polarized all who knew him, but who left a legacy that will influence the military -- and all of America -- for decades to come...
About the Author
The author was born and grew up in deep southwest Georgia. For many years he have lived and worked in Atlanta. But southwest Georgia remains a big part of who he was.
""Fascinating....An excellent book....Coram captures the dazzling diversity of John Boyd--fighter pilot, aerial tactician, engineer, and scholar."
The Big Jock and the Presbyterian
K-13 and MiG Alley
Pope John Goes Severely Supersonic
Forty-Second Boyd and the Tactics Manual
Thermo, Entropy, and the Breakthrough
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The Sugarplum Fairy Spreads the Gospel
Pull the Wings Off and Paint It Yellow
"I've Never Designed a Fighter Plane Before."
Saving the F-15
Ride of the Valkyries
The Fighter Mafia Does the Lord's Work
A Short-Legged Bird
Take a Look at the B-1
"This Briefing Is for Information Purposes Only."
The Buttonhook Turn
Destruction and Creation
The Great Wheel of Conspiracy
Boyd Joins the Marines
They Think I'm a Kook
The Ghetto Colonel and the SecDef
Epilogue: El Cid Rides On
"Destruction and Creation"
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ISBN: 9780316796880 ISBN-10: 0316796883 Audience:
For Ages: 13+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 504 Published: 10th May 2004 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1