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15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation Paperback – February 14, 2012
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I suspect the book's style owes a lot to Keeney's experience with television documentary (he's a co-founder of The Military Channel), and it actually works fairly well as the book builds momentum. If the book's thesis is that things had to happen at a faster and faster pace to preserve a credible strategic deterrent, the book's short, punchy paragraphs do an efective job of conveying the sense of urgency that must have pervaded SAC for nearly forty years.Read more ›
This is a good book and deserves a wide audience. This book was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal February 12, 2011 by Arthur Herman and was highly recommended. Americans, past, present and future, owe much to this short, blunt talking, cigar smoking General. This is a fitting book that chronicles the service of Curtis LeMay, an American military giant.
My dad was in SAC, so I spent the first seventeen years of my life living on SAC bases. Accordingly, I was already familiar with most of the terms in the book, such as Chrome Dome, ORI's, cocked planes, and so forth, as well as having lived on a number of the bases listed in the book's action, such as Offut, Eglin, Ramey, Beale, and several others in between.
Thus, this book to me was like Old Homecoming Week. I literally relived much of my childhood through this book.
And General Curtis LeMay was an eminently beloved commander. I used to hear his name often. In fact, one anecdote which did not appear in the book, but which was told to me by my father and also repeated by other SAC personnel, is quite in character with LeMay. Here it is -
One day after giving a speech on SAC to a group of military personnel, a Colonel approached LeMay and said, "General LeMay, SAC really sounds most impressive. How can I go about getting a transfer into SAC?"
To which General LeMay replied, "Colonel, if you were worth a damn you'd already be in SAC."
I mentioned that one of the bases we lived on was Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. We were there smack in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Our school gymnasium was converted into a medevac, marines were coming ashore to practice amphibious assaults, the entire wing was either within running distance to their planes or in the air with enough payload to make the island of Cuba totally disappear, and my mother and my sister and myself stocked canned goods and clothes in the trunk of the car, ready to high-tail it at a moment's notice.Read more ›
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As the youngest son of a B-47/52/58 mechanic, I was born into a SAC family, complete with alerts and all that went along with it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael J. Pressley
A thorough read, about the buildup of the Strategic Air Command, this book goes much deeper than the occasional article I would read online. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Douglas Muth
This was a great book.I was in the Air Force from 1960 to 1967, including a year in Vietnam. I thought LeMay had an ego problem,but he
turned SAC into a formidable force. Read more
Loved this book, interesting look back on the close calls we had during tense times.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As other reviewers have noted, the style of this book in very difficult to take. It is composed of 1/4 to ~1 page long snippets of text, each of which ends with some pithy comment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stefan Gerhardt
Having served in SAC (1976-1979- during the Cold War- ANG from 1981 to 1997 ) , I bought this e-book for my Kindle . I learned nothing new . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Rossi
This book was a fantastic read on the (SAC) Strategic Air Command and other subjects regarding the development and potential use of Nuclear Weapons. Read morePublished 5 months ago by orcan