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LeMay

Narrated by: Grainger Hines
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, American
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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The firebombing of Tokyo. Strategic Air Command. John F. Kennedy. Dr. Strangelove. George Wallace. All of these have one man in common - General Curtis LeMay, who remains as enigmatic and controversial as he was in life.

Until now. Warren Kozak traces the trajectory of America’s most infamous general, from his troubled background and heroic service in Europe to his firebombing of Tokyo, guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War, frustrated career in government, and short-lived political run. Curtis LeMay’s life spanned an epoch in American military history, from the small U.S. Army Air Corps of the interwar years to the nuclear age.

LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay, tells the whole story of the innovative pilot and navigator; the courageous general who led his bomber formations from the front, flying the lead bomber; the brilliant strategist; the unflagging patriot; and the founder of modern strategic bombing, who was both famous and notorious. The book is an unprecedented glimpse into the might and mind of one of the founding fathers of air power, whose influence, and controversy, continues to this day.

©2009 Warren Kozak (P)2012 Phoenix

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Definition.....Leader.....General Curtis Le May

What did you love best about LeMay?

He thoroughly knew his mission and committed every ounce of his being to see it through to ultimate Victory

Who was your favorite character and why?

who else but General Curtis Le May. He understood we were at war,and there are no half measures in war. He lead from the front and used every resource made available to him to bring down the Japanese empire from the air. Much criticized for his ruthless attitude of round the clock firebombing of japan which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians but anything less would of been half measure. His attitude of ill take the job as long as everyone is clear im here to kill the enemy non stop 24 hours a day 7 days a week forever if necessary if that sounds to harsh or maniacal Get somebody else!! I fight to win. America is The powerful nation it is because a boy can be born holding the seeds of greatness in his heart and with hard work rise from nothing to be a great man a man like Curtis Le May

Which character – as performed by Grainger Hines – was your favorite?

Grainger Hines did a superb job narrating I enjoyed all 3 listens

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

one Generals formula for victory

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Forget his Politics forgive his mistakes for in our nations darkest days was a high ranking Army officer who lead his men into the frighting sky's of Europe against a highly trained and experienced Luftwaffe trying to perfect the fledgling art of precision daylight bombing he didn't have to fly but he did he was the boss he trained his men relentlessly to win and when the worst of the worst missions came he calmed his men by saying do your job and follow me My favorite General Curtis Le May

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Couldn't stop listening!

Although I think the book starts almost painfully slow, it quickly picks up and becomes a story I could not stop listening too! Phenomenal synapses of Lemay and his Legacy! A true American Patriot and Hero!

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Excellent story.

I’ve always liked Gen. Lemay. He made the Air Force great through the 80s, even though he died before that.

This narrator has troubles pronouncing simple words correctly. Was this Audible book even edited. It’s disgraceful.

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Facinating look into the life a true solider!

this book is great. Provides a fascinating description of the with and depth of a man who was not normally thought of as someone to be admired and respected.

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A must read for any serious student of military and especially Air Force history

The book is great, and overall the performance is good... but the problem is there is no consistency in the volume. The reader whispers one word and yells the next. If you’re listening on headphones or in the car, watch out!!! Considering those are the most common options, just expect to be fiddling with the volume constantly.

Overall though, this is a must read for students of military history, especially those looking for Air Force history.

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Brilliant!

What a great book at such a detailed account of a true American hero. The stories told in this biography keep the listener both entertained and in awe. This book is great for anyone interested in Air Force or military history.

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The story is much more than the public perception.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrator’s style is distracting, but the story is so good I plowed thru it.

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Important historical figure

Lemay played an outsized role during one of the most fraught periods of American history.

Narration was astonishingly poor. Is 'conflagoration' a word?

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good book, bad narrator

A very interesting story about a man who made a great impact on the country. The rapid rise in rank and position has got to be one of the fastest in our nation's history, and it is hard to believe that he is responsible for more deaths than probably any other American military officer, even if it was necessary.
The narrator was one of the worst I have heard, his voice just is not pleasant to listen to, and he mispronounced many words.

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Good, solid Bio

Aside from several mispronunciations, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book on a great & complex man (but aren't most great people?).

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  • 04-22-14

Adequate biography, poorly narrated

This is a fairly unimaginative but adequate biography of a fascinating man. It draws heavily upon secondary sources, especially LeMay's own autobiography, so centres very much on his wartime experiences rather than his SAC time and after his retirement. It is also pretty uncritical, and does a weak job in debating the vastly controversial issues surrounding this complex man. Nonetheless, it does describe, albeit from LeMay's perspective, his role in the strategic bombing of both Germany and Japan, and to a lesser degree, his role in the development of Strategic Air Command. His relationship with MacNamara and two Presidents in the '60s is also touched upon, although this fascinating and important topic is not well covered, as it is not well covered in LeMay's own book.

It is fine as far as it goes, but the production is poor. There are many instances where "fluffs" are not edited, but the most salient issue is the narration, which is memorably dreadful. The narrator manages to mangle almost every 4 syllable word in the book (really; after a while I started to watch out for them). He invents new words all of his own as he stumbles past the three syllable mark and loses concentration with the rest of the word. His ability to get the intonation wrong started to turn English into a different language. As for foreign names and places, the fun was often trying to fathom where or whom he actually meant.

All in all, it was OK, but that is all.