The Gadfly and the Falcon (Re: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who
November 18, 2002
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.
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The Gadfly and the Falcon
Principled, relentless fighter and thinker helped get F-16 built
By Bob Cox
Nov. 17, 2002http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/4540866.htm
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.
[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