Reviews of Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War


BOYD was written about and reviewed in numerous newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, among them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Seattle Times, AvWeb, Hilltop Times, Erie Times-News, The New ZealandBoyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War Herald, The Virginian-Pilot, Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, The Washington Times, Fast Company, Denver Post, The Albany Herald, Proceedings, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

Tom Peters put Boyd on his personal reading list.

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), ranking Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee, includes Boyd on his National Security Reading List.

The full content of many reviews and articles can be found through the following links. Here is a synopsis of some of the reviews:

“a fine, balanced portrait” ... “Coram is sympathetic and admiring, though never uncritical” ... “He excels at making clear and comprehensible the complex issues ...”  The New York Times

“fascinating” ... “Coram’s book is lively, exciting and entertaining, and often downright hilarious.”

“meticulously researched”  ...  San Antonio Express-News

“This book should be required reading for every American citizen.” ... “a great story” ... “one can only wish Robert Coram’s book the widest readership”  The Washington Post

“Coram’s worthy biography is thoroughly researched, detailed, and reads well.”  The Veteran

Other reviews of the book:

The Wilson Quarterly
from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Reviewed by Preston Lerner
Shock, Awe--And Your Competitors
Daniel Fisher, 04.23.03, 7:00 AM ET

"MiG Sweep," the official publication of the River Rats, the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
March 2003
By Al Bache

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Little-known pilot shaped U.S. strategy in Iraq
Friday, March 21, 2003
By Jack Kelly, Post-Gazette National Security Writer

Special to The Seattle Times
The wild blue yonder was truly his workshop
By Andrew Hamlin
Sunday, March 16, 2003 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
Chaos theory

By Andrew Cockburn
March 16, 2003

Review of "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War"
By John Wiley
March 9, 2003

New York Times
'Boyd': A Military Strategist's Emphasis on Speed
By Ronald Spector
March 9, 2003

Hilltop Times
Second chance redeems pilot
By Bob James
Environmental Management Director
January 30, 2003
Coram's Boyd documents Air Force's cantankerous fighter pilot/genius
Book review
By Bill Swanson, Senior Writer
January 23, 2003

Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times
The fighter jock who changed the way you fight
Little-known John Boyd transformed combat

By Bradley Peniston, Times Staff Writer
January 27, 2003

C-SPAN (Transcript from a recent interview)
BRIAN LAMB, HOST: Robert Coram, who was John Boyd?
January 26, 2003

Raleigh News & Observer
Invisible Warrior Ace Pilot, Innovative Strategist, Born Tough Guy, John Boyd Was An American Military Genius. Why Hasn't Anybody Heard Of Him?
Sunday, January 19, 2003
By Joseph Neff

San Antonio Express-News
Military tactician Boyd was profane genius
Sunday, January 19, 2003
By Sig Christenson

Washington Post Book World
Top Gun
'Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War' by Robert Coram
Sunday, January 12, 2003; Page BW07
Reviewed by Jason Vest

Vietnam Veterans of America
An Almost Unknown Military Genius:
USAF Col. John Boyd
December 2002
By Marc Leepson

Soldiers for the Truth (
Col. John Boyd: The Most Influential Unknown Hero
December 31, 2002 14:41
By Ed Offley

The New Zealand Herald
Foul-mouthed maverick changed the art of war
December 30, 2002
By Roger Franklin

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
How a genius fighter pilot improved military strategy
By James P. Stevenson,
December 29, 2002, p. G6

St. Louis Post Dispatch
Maverick Colonel Used Principles to Advance Air Force
By Harry Levins
December 22, 2002

Robert Coram, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
By Robert D. Steele,
President, OSS.NET
December 12, 2002

The Virginian-Pilot
Air Force Col. John R. Boyd: The man who shaped the military
By Dale Eisman,
December 9, 2002, Page 1

Air & Space
"Genghis John" Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
Reviewed by Lee Galliard
January 2003, p. 80

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Gadfly and the Falcon
Principled, relentless fighter and thinker helped get F-16 built

By Bob Cox
Nov. 17, 2002

Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine Online
John Boyd: Architect of Modern Warfare
By Robert Coram
Fall 2002

Marine Corps Gazette
'Off We Go . . .'
Reviewed by Maj Chris Yunker, USMC(Ret)
November 2002, p99

Inside the Ring  The Washington Times
Father Boyd
By Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
October 25, 2002

Insight on the News
How Col. John Boyd Beat the Generals
Posted Aug. 12, 2002
By Martin Edwin Andersen

The Strategy of the Fighter Pilot
June 2002
By Keith H. Hammonds

The Aviation History Online Museum

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