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Boyd Audiobook

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

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Publisher's Summary

John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest US fighter pilot ever - the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than 40 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. 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.

©2002 Robert Coram (P)2016 Tantor

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    Rachel 11-19-16
    Rachel 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    This is a long but great story of our nation's aeronautical history. I would absolutely recommend it if you are interested in history or aviation!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mack Sweeney Fairfax, VA USA 02-13-17
    Mack Sweeney Fairfax, VA USA 02-13-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent book. Great story and narration."

    Excellent book about a fascinating man and his contributions to modern military strategy and weapons systems. The narration is compelling and professional.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 01-16-17
    Dean 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Boyd, An overlooked game changer."

    A fascinating behind scene look of one man's impact on today's military and the politics fought.

    One man the nation should be great full to have served us all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 01-05-17
    Patrick 01-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An absolutely great read"
    What did you love best about Boyd?

    I loved how it covered the history of modern aviation in terms of the design of aircraft.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend recommended the book to me and I finally got around to reading/listening to it. It is better than I ever could have possibly expected. It does a great job of documenting and explaining how modern aviation took form in terms of tactics and plain design. Really a diamond in the rough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 11-01-16
    Marc 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    I loved learning the background behind the legendary Col. John Boyd. The reader does an excellent job of telling the life story of Col. Boyd, and there was obviously a great deal of research done prior to the book being written. I highly recommend this book!

    Semper Fi, Colonel.

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    Michael Richards 08-30-16

    History buff and Heraldic Artist...

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    "Stick With It if You Want a Rare Gem"
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    This was not what I expected at all but turned into a fascinating story about the military machine. At first it seems as if it is written by a Boyd evangelist (and it occasionally takes a trip back to that feeling throughout) but it is an amazing story none the less. It is not so much about a fighter pilot as about a man whom I believe was somewhere on the autism spectrum and managed to do some pretty amazing feats inside of a huge government bureaucracy. Do not get this book expecting dogfight descriptions, though there are some. Just get it and let it take you down the path it wants to. You will not regret it if you like a good story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Bullard 08-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I dare say that listening is easier than reading when your walking, and my beagle makes me walk!

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    "Flawed Jem"

    Read the book in 2005. Thought it was a topic long overdo. Was excited and still impressed by its long bull session quality. Coram spins a good yarn. While I can enjoy from his go get them style, it tends to blanket the narrative. He goes to the trouble of showing the cost Boyd's career choices cost him as a father, but his family is never a serious part of the narrative. The bureaucracy is equally superficial. In some ways listening to the story bought out more of the flaws than reading it did. I think I down play the awkward parts. I get the idea that Boyd was confrontational, but the narrative managed to make him buffoonish, not a maverick. Still it does convey a sense of the man and his ideas quite well. 8 17 2016

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    Autodoc 09-21-17
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    "Boyd is an Unknown Real American Hero"
    Where does Boyd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories among my audio books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Col John Boyd
    His tenacity when working with the military was instrumental in getting things done the right way.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Did Our Military Leaders Care About Troops Lives Or Their Pocketbooks?


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    Daniel Schroeder 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "John Boyd's story gets better and better"

    Superb retelling of a complicated life. Each chapter of his life looms larger than the last.

    The saddest part is how readily available the lessons of his greatest work has become and how they remain a series of overused buzzwords and underused wisdom. Most organizations are more interested in looking good and doing the least possible than being exceptional and meaningful. The lengths to which people will go to maintain sacred cows and "we've always done it that way" saddens.

    In many ways Boyd's life parallels W. Edwards Deming, the father of Lean, who was largely unknown in the US for most of his life, but is revered in Japan. Deming revolutionized manufacturing and process concept by teaching his theories to a devastated people after WWII.

    Like Boyd, Deming came out of US military leviathan, where he was appalled by parochial, authoritarian methods. Volumes have been written about both men and the reverberations of their work are all around us. Toyota and the US Marines are their greatest legacy, both recognized as among the greatest organizations of any type. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    Again, an excellent retelling of Boyd's life and legacy.

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    JOHN E REDEL JR PARKVILLE, MARYLAND United States 09-14-17
    JOHN E REDEL JR PARKVILLE, MARYLAND United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2008
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    "This is a wonderful book"

    Wonderful book about an USAF officer that put country above career, and the impact he and his followers made.

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