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Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War Paperback – May 10, 2004
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On the theory of war, on the original contributions of John Boyd, the book renders a huge service to all military professionals by dramatically expanding what can be known and understood about the Energy-Maneuverability Theory and the nuances of the OODA Loop (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act--for the real Tigers, Observe-od-Act--a faster loop). Two things stuck out, apart from the heroic manner in which Boyd pursued the intellectual side of combat aviation: first, Boyd consistently had his priorities right: people first, ideas second, hardware last--this is the opposite of the existing Pentagon priorities; and second, truth matters--the book has some extraordinary examples of how both the Air Force and the Army falsified numbers, with disastrous results, while also selecting numbers (e.g. choosing to list an aircraft's weight without fuel or missiles, rather than fully loaded, a distortion that will kill aviators later when the aircraft fails under stress).Read more ›
John Boyd was apparently an arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant man. I'm not sure I would want to work for him or with him, and I certainly would not want to be one of his children, but America needs more like him.
Boyd struck me as a real life version of The Fountainhead's Howard Roark. I found his example to be inspirational. The explanation of his "To be or to do" speech is worth reading the entire book, and in his life he personified the message of this speech.
Strictly speaking Colonel Boyd wanted "to do" something for America and the Air Force, and chose to make sacrifices, endured much abuse, and repeatedly jeopardized his career with that goal in mind. He purposely chose "to do" something, rather than "to be" somebody, which he defined as one who gives up his integrity to get ahead in the system. This insight is one that applies not only to the military but to any organization. It is the fundamental choice that everyone has to make, and hearing of his successes against the system has encouraged me to follow his example, if only in some small measure.
Everyone in business, the government, or the military should read this book.
In reality, as Corum points out in page after page, the culture does not hold those like Boyd as the epitome of honor and selfless service. Instead, he retired a colonel (despite an incredible contribution to Air Force Fighter aviation and the theories of the art of war) and his family in poverty. But Boyd's greatest achievement of riches came not in the form of tangibles known greedily as money and property, but in the intangibles he achieved, a devoted following-the "Acolytes"-from talented men who are the true defenders of the Constitution; and who in the pursuit of truth, attempt to force the military establishment to provide our servicemen the leaders, doctrine and equipment they need to do their mission. Boyd set the heroic example for others to emulate as they desire to call themselves professionals against the tide of dishonesty; against those who are the worse when they say they speak of truth, yet practice something mendacious in promoting themselves.
In light of the great popularity that the defense establishment now holds in the eyes of a novice and ignorant public, this book is a warning, maybe belatedly late one at that, given the timing of the war with Iraq.Read more ›
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I bought this book by error and it's the best mistake I made. This is one of the best books I have read!Published 15 days ago by Pete Peterson
The Air Force doesn't mention him very much in it's official cannon yet his ideas are found throughout it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Nick
Astonishing read for all the enthusiastic non-fiction readers and biography readers. Especially for the strategy builders in the business universe at large.Published 1 month ago by Murat Basboga
Inspiring story of what one human being can do, in just one lifetime, to change the world by doing the right thing and never giving up! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geek Reviewer
John Boyd was largely ignored. Do not ignore this book. If you are prior service, reading this book can and should anger you.Published 2 months ago by Michael Holovacs
Probably one of the most interesting characters to have crossed my path!!! Sad that such genius was, and perhaps still is, not given his due credit by his own in history.Published 2 months ago by E J Meyer
Such a wonderful exposition on John Boyd and military history. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend that you read it.Published 2 months ago by Andrew C. Chaffin