In this definitive biography of General Claire Chennault, veteran reporter Jack Samson offers a rare and fascinating inside look at this legendary man behind the Flying Tigers.
Unlike Eisenhower and MacArthur, Chennault was no saintly military leader. He was a chain-smoking, bourbon-drinking, womanizing man. He was the kind of leader his men knew could and did fly better than they–in any kind of plane. But first and last, he was a fighter–a tough, single-minded warrior who was never confused by who the enemy was in Asia, regardless of what the State Department thought.
Following Chennault from this command of the Fourteenth U.S. Army Air Force during World War II to the part of his life that is not well known–the intriguing postwar years in China and Formosa, where his Civilian Air Transport (CAT) became the scourge of the Red Chinese–The Flying Tiger is an extraordinary portrait of one of America’s great military commanders.