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Boyd : The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War - Robert Coram


The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

Paperback Published: 10th May 2004
ISBN: 9780316796880
Number Of Pages: 504
For Ages: 13+ years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

""Fascinating....An excellent book....Coram captures the dazzling diversity of John Boyd--fighter pilot, aerial tactician, engineer, and scholar."

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Reminiscencesp. 3
Fighter Pilot
Haunted Beginningsp. 13
The Big Jock and the Presbyterianp. 30
Fledglingp. 39
K-13 and MiG Alleyp. 49
High Priestp. 58
Pope John Goes Severely Supersonicp. 75
Rat-Racingp. 90
Forty-Second Boyd and the Tactics Manualp. 101
Thermo, Entropy, and the Breakthroughp. 123
P[subscript s]=[T-D/W] Vp. 135
The Sugarplum Fairy Spreads the Gospelp. 154
Pull the Wings Off and Paint It Yellowp. 169
"I've Never Designed a Fighter Plane Before."p. 188
Bigger-Higher-Faster-Fartherp. 202
Saving the F-15p. 221
Ride of the Valkyriesp. 232
The Fighter Mafia Does the Lord's Workp. 243
A Short-Legged Birdp. 257
Spook Basep. 266
Take a Look at the B-1p. 278
"This Briefing Is for Information Purposes Only."p. 290
The Buttonhook Turnp. 305
Destruction and Creationp. 317
OODA Loopp. 327
Reformp. 345
The Great Wheel of Conspiracyp. 360
Boyd Joins the Marinesp. 369
Semper Fip. 380
Water-Walkerp. 398
They Think I'm a Kookp. 413
The Ghetto Colonel and the SecDefp. 420
Epilogue: El Cid Rides Onp. 437
"Destruction and Creation"p. 451
Sourcesp. 463
Bibliographyp. 465
Indexp. 471
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ISBN: 9780316796880
ISBN-10: 0316796883
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 10th May 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 14.0  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1