First edition of Mission with LeMay, inscribed by General Curtis E. LeMay.
Octavo, xiv, 581pp. Blue cloth, title printed on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Dust along top edge of text block, a few points of foxing opposite plates. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $7.95 retail price on front flap, chip at lower edge of spine, light soiling, a very good example. Inscribed by the author: “To Col E.O. Gibson / with best wishes / Curtis E. LeMay.”
General Curtis LeMay (1906-1990) was a general in the United States Air Force. He is best remembered for the strategic, yet controversial, bombings of mainland Japan. His firebombing of Tokyo was considered crucial to the allied victory in the Pacific Theater but resulted in a massive loss of civilian life. Later in life, LeMay was asked by Alabama Governor George Wallace to join his presidential ticket in 1968.