AUTHORTillman, Barrett
TITLELeMay
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2007
ISBN978-1-4039-7135-7


This concise biography documents the professional and personal life of General Curtis E. LeMay, a commander during World War II who supervised the fire bombing of several Japanese cities and the dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagaski. The author covers LeMay's life from childhood to his service in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II through his tenure as head of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and his eventual appointment as Air Force Chief of Staff in 1961. As the youngest person in U.S. history to receive the rank of full general since Ulyssess S. Grant, LeMay is considered by his defenders to be one of the most brilliant military commanders of the 20th century. His strong opinions, however, often alienated his superiors and numerous critics, including Robert McNamara, U.S. Defense Secretary during the administrations of U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The author relies on a variety of sources, including LeMay’s own writing. A timeline of LeMay’s life precedes the work.


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