Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

By | June 29, 2017
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War Author Robert Coram
ISBN-10 0316796883
ISBN-13 9780316796880
Year 2004-05-10
Pages 504
Language English
Publisher Back Bay Books
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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

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