LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay
“The finest military strategist this nation
has ever produced.” – Robert S. McNamara
“The smartest man I ever met.” — Judge Ralph Nutter
“My least favorite human being.” — Ted Sorensen
“He never fit the image of the American flyboy — dashing, handsome, suave. He was, instead, dark, brooding and forbidding. He rarely smiled, he spoke even less and when he did, his few words seemed to come out in a snarl. Women who were seated next to him said he could sit through an entire dinner and not utter a single syllable. He was surly, tactless and with a lifeless, moist cigar constantly locked between his teeth he became a walking stereotype of the brutal, inhuman militarist. Most people found him frightening.”
Warren Kozak has put together the first extensive biography of Curtis LeMay in more than a quarter of a century. Through personal interviews with LeMay’s family and the last surviving men who served under him, along with declassified papers, Kozak has brilliantly woven together a remarkable portrait of this highly complex and fascinating individual — one of the most controversial figures in our nation’s history, whose brilliance was instrumental in winning both World War II and the Cold War.