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It had all the ingredients of a movie drama:a scandal that
grips Washington and touches the White House; bitter battles and
backroom intrigue at the highest levels of the U.S. military; glamorous
women who make or break the careers of powerful men; a high-stakes trial
with a celebrity defendant who captures the nation's attention
A Question of Loyalty plunges into the seven-week
Washington trial of Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, the hero of the U.S.
Army Air Service during World War I and the man who proved in 1921 that
planes could sink a battleship. In 1925 Mitchell was frustrated by the
slow pace of aviation development, and he sparked a political firestorm,
accusing the army and navy high commands, and by inference the
president, of treason and criminal negligence in the way they conducted
national defense. He was put on trial for insubordination in a
spectacular court-martial that became a national obsession during the
Douglas Waller has crafted a compelling new
biography of the daring Billy Mitchell, a larger-than-life figure
remembered as much for his outspokenness as for his innovations in the
use of airpower. Waller has uncovered a trove of new letters, diaries,
and confidential documents that have enabled him to capture in detail
the drama of the court and to build a rich and revealing biography of
Mitchell, one of the army's most controversial and flamboyant
Born to a millionaire Midwest family at the end of the
1870s, Mitchell joined the military at the age of eighteen and became
one of its rising stars. During World War I, he led the largest armada
of airplanes ever to attack an enemy force and returned to the United
States a dashing young general with a chest full of medals and a radical
vision of airpower as the only decisive instrument for future wars. But
as the military shrank in the postwar years, Mitchell became
increasingly impatient and vocal, lashing out at bureaucratic enemies he
accused of impeding airpower's progress. After a tragic airship
accident that shocked the nation, he publicly blasted the War and Navy
Departments for their handling of aviation and was put on trial for
A Question of Loyalty is a story about Washington
politics, about love and betrayal, about heroes in battle, about
determined lawyers and powerful military men pitted against one another
in a courtroom.
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