Kozaks biography of U.S. Air Force General Curtis E. LeMay (19061990) wont convert those utterly convinced that he was a bomb-happy maniac. The more open-minded, however, will find in it a broader perspective on this controversial officer than we have had elsewhere. His outstanding competence as leader and organizer of strategic airpower in World War II and during the cold war is convincingly presented; so are his limitations in the Pentagon and his poor judgment in being George Wallaces running mate in 1968. Kozak suggests that LeMay was utterly dedicated to the mission of destroying his countrys enemies and to the men under his command charged with carrying out that mission. This led to what can only be called a certain lack of the social graces and a good many of what might charitably be called misinterpretations of where LeMays patriotism led him. A book that definitely belongs in aviation and modern military history collections.

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