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Bedside table: A military leader revealed on the page

“The historical non-fiction book I just finished reading is ‘LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay’ by Warren Kozak. It is the story of the life of Curtis Emerson LeMay, who overcame the disadvantages limited circumstances of his family to become one of the most influential military leaders in the United States during World War II and the Cold War.As soon as he saw an airplane in flight, his desire was to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps, which later became the United States Air Force.

“Through his determination and shrewd career maneuvers he became – one after the other – the Air Corps’ finest navigator, pilot, and finally leader of a squadron of B-17s engaged in the aerial warfare above of Germany. His ability to develop successful bombing tactics and willingness to fly the lead bomber helped him win the war of attrition with Germany. He was also influential in the tactics used leading to the surrender After the end of World War II, he became the commanding general of Strategic Air Command and the architect of a nuclear deterrent capability that kept the Soviet Union at bay during the Cold War.—ALAN MADDAUS , Cape Neddick

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