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84 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 ;. June 5, 2003 Book Nook By Gerry Lore "Boyd:The'Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" By Robert Coram The remarkable, mysterious and largely unknown man, now recognized as one of America's greatest military strategists, was a most unlikable and bizarre per- son. Robert Coram, the author of this fascinating and compelling story of the man who almost sin- glehandedly changed the concepts of modern war, portrays John Boyd as loud, profane, crude, ar- rogant, prone to exaggerating and lying and slovenly in personal dress and habits. Coram also ex- tensively details how Boyd neg- lected and virtually abandoned his wife and five children with his 20-hour workdays and missions overseas. The family, including several children with severe and emotional problems, were forced to live in shabby, cramped rented apartments in low-income areas, while he jetted around the world. Coram describes Boyd's hard, scrabble youth in Erie, Pa., where he dreamed of being a fighter pi- lot. He enlisted in the U.S. Army lots in the service and seeing combat in Korea. By theway, don't let the cover and title fool you into thinking this is only about combat. It isn't. Coram relates how Boyd as an en- gineering student at Georgia Tech, began a serious study of the theories of air and ground war- fare, using physics and mathemat- ics. Obsessed and driven, he knew top Pen- tagon military and civilian leaders. Polar- izing all who knew him, his enemies were all those wed- LORE ded to tradi- tional ways of waging war - four-star generals, politicians, bureaucrats, anyone who didn't agree with him. Coram is particularly effective in vividly describing Boyd's aggres- sive in-your-face style, his face inches away from his opponent's, fingers jabbing their chests. He thumbed his nose at authority, fiercely arguing his points. Somehow Boyd attracted as disciples a band of young, bright, dedicated and influential officers, who put their loyalty to him over their own careers. You'll be House officials who fervently be- lieved and adopted Boyd's theo- ries. So just what did Boyd do in his almost 50-year career - most of it at the Pentagon? Coram spells out his achieve- ments in great, fascinating detail - here's a brief list: he wrote the manual for fighter plane tactics; influenced which fighter plans and bombers were built and bought by the military; changed ground war doctrine by the U.S. Marines; and influenced U.S. strategy during the Gulf War. Along the way, Boyd commanded a unit during the Vietnam War so secret, the records are still sealed. Coram divulges that Boyd's be- havior was so bizarre, and he had so many enemies, he was forced to retire. Still pushing his theo- ries, he was a consultant to the of- fice of the Secretary of State until poor health forced him to retire for good. Coram writes with great enthu- siasm for his subject, clearly de- voting a great deal of time and re- search, uncovering significant and dramatic information. His de- piction of the fierce political in- fighting between and within the military services and Congress alone make this book worth read- ing. You'll be stunned by the rev- dously interesting, cy to ihisday. "Boyd" is a well-written and Gerry Lore retired to Rehoboth excellent saga of a larger than life " Beach in 1996 after a career with American whose patriotism and Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. He is a obsession to change military doc- 8raduate of Purdue University trine and strategy remain his lega- and Harvard School of Business. Basket Bingo set for June 17 in Georgetown Longaberger Basket Bingo, sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society, will be held June 17, at the Georgetown Fire Hall, .located on South Bedford Street. Doors open 6 p.m., with games starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The night will include 20 bingo games with Longaberger baskets and pottery prizes. Refreshments will be available. For tickets or more information, call 856-2760 or 855-9660. $5 OFF ENTREES & PAS- TAS MUST BE SEATED BY 6:30 Intimate gourmet dining featuring: UNIQUE PASTAS BLACK ANGUS STEAKS FRESH SEAFOOD SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 - 2 $12.95 A LA CARTE ENTREES INCLUDES FRESH FRUIT, CROISSANT BASKET, BEVERAGE AND CHAMPAGNE at the end of World War II, and amazed at the list of four-star gen- elations. At times, Coram gets too later enlisted in the Air Force, be- erals, members of Congress, sec- detailed with aeronautical and sci- _ . _ .'. ............. coming one of the "top gun" pi- retaries of defense and White .......... enonom uean,.ui, 1 Honmson ur.  nwy enunc expianauon aoout planes . . . ........ 5.10 Dmner Open 7 Ntghts 227.3100 Spaces remain for anaweapons, wnlcnigmsseo ,., over.- some may find it trernen- LHS antique show The 40th Annual Lewes Histor-tween 1,500 and 2,500 visitors. RO . ical Society Antique Show, June The shows are fundraisers for the 28 and Aug. 2, are filling up fast Society and admission is $2.00. with quality antique dealers from the Mid-Atlantic. Antique furnishings, rugs, books, glass and other antique collectibles will be available for sale at the higtorical society's beautiful grounds at the comer of Third and Shipcarpenter Streets in the heart of historic Lewes. Each show generally attracts be- Some spaces remain and for an- tique dealers, the Society shows present an excellent opportunity to work with a highly knowledge- able and appreciative visitors. For more information on the show or for an application to dis- play at one or both of the shows, call 645-7670 or email Look for the blue & white umbrellas for parking info, permits & change. Parking Permits Weekdays.Daily (Mon., Tue. Wed., Thur., Fri,) . .$5 Weekend-Daily (Sat.or Sun.) .. ...... ....::$10 Permits Sales Locations C.Z2"*FL,#., 229 Rehoboth Avenue (Lobby Area) (Next to R[e Department) Change Machine at First St. & Rehoboth Ave. traffic island across from City Hall Enjoy your stay with us and hurry back/