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About the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than two dozen books on military, aviation, and historical topics, including one which he co-authored with the legendary US Air Force commander, General Curtis LeMay. WWII History Magazine wrote that his book, B-17 at War, “is a source of unending pleasure to the Flying Fortress fan,” and Air Force Magazine wrote that his primer on strategic air power “deserves a place on any airman’s bookshelf.” Yenne is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; 1St Edition edition (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HAP ARNOLD: THE GENERAL WHO INVENTED THE U. S. AIR FORCE by Bill Yenne is an interesting History/U. S. Air Force. This is the story of General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, concerned the father of the modern United States Air Force. He is a five-star General. Though, extensive research, interviews, and documentation he has brought Hap Arnold to life for the American people. He was or has been one of the neglected generals in American history, who served during World War II. Learning to fly from the famous Orville Wright,he predicted the Japanese would strike Pearl Harbor prior to the famous strike that took so many lives. What a fascinating story! I would suggest reading "Hap Arnold" for anyone who is interested in learning more on the U. S. Air Force, and on this interesting Military man. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: NONE
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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This is, by far, one of the best books I've ever read. As a member of the USAF myself, I found this book to not only be a great biography and tribute to Gen. Arnold, but also a meaningful history of the Air Force as a whole. It touches on the beginnings of aviation with the Wright Brothers in Ohio and provides a true and colorful wealth of knowledge of the importance of airpower for the time and future. Gen. Arnold was a true genius having the ability to see where airpower was going and why it was so important. This is a outstanding book that is recommended for anyone who is interested in military aviation and is a MUST READ for every member of the USAF.
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I am a full career Air Force veteran, but had never read an extended bio on Hap Arnold until this book. Was very thorough and well-researched. An important aspect for me was that thinking back as I read it, I could see his very near-term fingerprints on the Air Force in the early 1970s when I joined. Although now retired 16 years and don't quite recognize Air Force organizations I knew for 29 years, it's evident that it's still Hap Arnold's Air Force. His lasting principles remain strong into the 21st Century.
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Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold got his first flight lesson on 3 May 1911. His instructor was Orville Wright. In July he received his pilot’s certificate. Second Lieutenant Arnold was one of the first U. S. Army Aviators. In the early days the aviators were in the Signal corps.

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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History seemed to come to life in this, for me. Have a nephew in the Air Force and it was nice to read and understand where he is today because of Hap Arnold. It was an easy read for me and seemed like history came alive in my hands.
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Having spent 22 years in AF, general parallels what I had already learned and was presented in a very readable format. It shows how great a leader he was and that more historical recognition is deserved.
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Likely due to his low key personality and the fact that the Air Corps was part of the Army, Hap Arnold is a very under appreciated officer in World War II. This work details the history of Arnold from his origins as a pilot, trained by the Wright Brothers, to his post-war decline in health. Not only did he built an airline with over 2 million soldiers, but also envisioned and commissioned the studies that led to air power doctrine for this country for the next fifty years. A good and simple read.
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Even a historical illiterate like myself is aware of the names Macarthur, Bradley, and Marshall, but Arnold? Mr. Yenne has written a wonderfully readable book that gives you an understanding of the man and the critical role he played in developing the relatively new technology that played such an important role in winning WW2, as well as developing the forward looking institutions that helped the Air Force to keep looking ahead.
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