Boyd: The Fighter Pilot who Changed the Art of War

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Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2004 - Aeronautics, Military - 484 pages
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 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.

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A fighter pilot is an assassin, we are are reminded by Robert Coram, and Colonel John Richard Boyd (January 23, 1927 – March 9, 1997) was one of the best. He was a full-of-himself, obscene, tough ... Read full review

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This is an extraordinarily researched and well-written biography of how amazing intellect and dedication can overcome massive personal and personality flaws to yield real change in the world. Nobody ... Read full review

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