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Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force Hardcover – October 14, 2013
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REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Yenne reviews Arnold’s early life and briefly includes some personal details but mostly covers his military career. The author covers Arnold’s career during World War One, the period between the Wars and covers in-depth his role in World War Two’ also the creation of the modern day U.S. Air Force. I particularly enjoyed the section about Arnold and General Billy Mitchell. Yenne discusses the relationship between Arnold and some of his commanders such as Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, Jimmy Doolittle, Curtis LeMay and Ira Eaker. The author goes into detail as to how Arnold built the Army Air Corps into a modern Air Force in 1938 as ordered by Chief of Staff General George Marshall. The majority of the book covers WWII both the European and Pacific Theatres of War. Arnold was one of the five Army Generals to wear five stars and the only U.S.A.F. five star general.
The book is well written and researched. Yenne quotes frequently from Arnold memoirs. Yenne had access to the archived records and the papers of many of the other key high ranking military officers. The Department of Defense has released most of the World War One and Two documents to researches and biographers now. By the way “Hap” was short for Arnold’s military nickname of Happy. I thoroughly enjoyed this biography and history of our air force. If you are interested in our air power and WWII you must read this biography. I read this as an e-book on my Kindle app on my iPad. The book is 304 pages long and was first published in 2013.
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Hap Arnold was truly the driving force behind the AAF and new USAF. As a retired Lt Col reading about him throughout my career, I still learned much in this book.Published 10 days ago by Joe
I have an interest in General Arnold ~ I attended a high school named for him, and since my father was in the US Air Force, I thought this a good book to purchase!Published 3 months ago by Peggy Morgan
Nice quick read. Recommendation to precede with a bio of Billy Mitchell.Published 5 months ago by prmlaw
Thought it was a good read and discovered his interesting life in the Army. Much more to his career than I thought.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unless one may be an aficionado or student of military history, the name Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold may not be within the minds of many. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. DelParto