An American Adventure by William Lloyd Stearman
From Early Aviation through Three Wars to the White House

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A memoir of extraordinary scope, William Lloyd Stearman's reminiscences will attract those interested in early aviation, World War II in the Pacific, life as a diplomat behind the Iron Curtain, the Vietnam War, and the ins and outs of national security decision making in the White House. Stearman begins with a description of his childhood as the son of aviation pioneer Lloyd Stearman. He then covers his naval combat experiences in the Pacific War and later struggles as one of the Navy's youngest ship captains. Following graduate school, he moved to the front lines of the Cold War and writes about his life as a diplomat who negotiated with the Soviets, spent nine years in Berlin and Vienna, and was director of psychological operations against North Vietnam. His reflections on seventeen years with the National Security Council at the White House are of special interest.
 

About William Lloyd Stearman

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William Lloyd Stearman was gunnery officer in WWII. He became a Foreign Service officer in 1950 and retired from the NSC at the White House in 1993. This is his second book. He lives in Bethesda, MD.
 
Published July 10, 2013 by Naval Institute Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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"An American Adventure" is best characterized as autobiography liberally laced with opinion. The subtitle reference to early aviation is somewhat of a stretch. It's true the author's father was Lloyd Stearman, in whose aircraft legions of World War II aviators learned to fly. However, except for ...

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