AUTHORCoffey, Thomas M.
TITLEIron Eagle: The Turbulent Life of General Curtis LeMay
CITYNew York, NY

This book covers the life and career of controversial U.S. air force general, Curtis LeMay. The first part of the book, largely favorable to LeMay, focuses on his military career during World War II, including his commands in Europe and the Pacific and his innovative bombing formations and techniques. It also covers his advocating of nighttime incendiary bombing of Japan and his role in the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The second part of the book describes his early years, his private life, and his post-World War II career, such as his roles in the organization of the Berlin Airlift and the building up the Strategic Air Command, his time as Air Force Chief of Staff during the Kennedy Administration, and his attitudes concerning the Vietnam War. The book is written in a lively style, and is full of anecdotes about the often blunt and famously undiplomatic general.

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