The Gadfly and the Falcon (Re: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who
Changed the Art of War)
(Robert Coram, Little Brown, 2002)

November 18, 2002

Comment: #464

Discussion Thread - Comment #s - Boyd's life was the subject of Comment #199, and his ideas were discussed in many comments, including #s 269, 291, 348, 429, 462

Other Book Reviews: Comment #462

Readers of the Blaster will recall my frequent references to the American strategist, Colonel John Boyd USAF Ret. I am pleased to announce that the new biography of Colonel Boyd, written by Robert Coram, published by Little-Brown, is now arriving at bookstores.

Bob Cox, a business reporter of Fort Worth Star Telegram has written a wonderful essay about Col Boyd, which is attached beneath this introductory section. Cox's essay compliments earlier essays (see discussion thread), including and earlier book review [i.e., Comment #462] by Major Chris Yunker (USMC Ret) in the Marine Corps Gazette.

For readers interested in meeting the author, Robert Coram is now scheduled to have book signings in the following cities.


Tuesday, Nov. 19th
Albany, GA
4 pm - 5 pm
Books-A-Million, 2800 Old Dawson Road
Friday, Nov. 22nd
Bradenton, FL
7 pm - 8 pm
Books-A-Million, 4225 14th Street West and U.S. 41
Saturday, Nov. 23rd
Eglin AFB, FL
2 pm - 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 24th
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
2 pm - 5 pm
Books-A-Million, 417C Mary Esther Cut-Off NW
Monday, Nov. 25th
Dothan, AL
6 pm - 8 pm
Books-A-Million, 3489 Ross Clark Circle
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd
Washington, DC
7 pm - 8 pm
Olsson's Books & Records, Metro Center Location 1200 F. Street
Thursday, Dec. 5th
Marine Corps Base Quantico (VA)
10 am - 11:30 am
Auditorium, Gray Research Center
Wednesday, Dec. 11th
Charleston, SC
5 pm - 7 pm
Books-A-Million, 832 Orleans Road
Saturday, Dec. 14th
Savannah, GA
4 pm - 5 pm
Shavers Book Store, 326 Bull Street

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The Gadfly and the Falcon

Principled, relentless fighter and thinker helped get F-16 built

By Bob Cox
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nov. 17, 2002


In Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, Robert Coram tells the life story of a brilliant, principled and uncompromising man.


If there is one, unofficial memorial to Boyd, it is the F-16 Fighting Falcon, arguably the finest fighter plane ever produced.


"He's a real hero. The guy challenged the system at every turn of the road and beat them," says Ernest "Rich" Riccioni, a retired Air Force colonel, fellow fighter pilot and co-conspirator of Boyd.


"It was the most compelling story I've ever come across," says the author [Coram], a pilot and longtime reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

At one point, Cheney reportedly told Powell he wouldn't let the Army "do this high diddle up the middle plan," a phrase that Boyd had used for years in his briefings on maneuver warfare.

Bob Cox, (817) 390-7723

[Disclaimer: In accordance with 17 U.S.C. 107, this material is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.]

Boyd and Military Strategy