A Question of Loyalty (Paperback)

By Douglas C. Waller

Harper Perennial, 9780060505486, 480pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2005

List Price: 16.99*
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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 Roaring Twenties.

Uncovering a trove of new letters, diaries, and confidential documents, Douglas Waller captures the drama of the trial and builds a rich and revealing biography of Mitchell.

About the Author

Douglas Waller is a senior correspondent for Time, and before that was with Newsweek. He is the author or coauthor of six previous books, including the national bestseller Big Red, The Commandos, and Air Warriors. He lives in Annandale, Virginia, with his wife and has three children.

Praise For A Question of Loyalty

Named to the Washington Post Book World’s “Best of 2004” list
— Washington Post Book World

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “Best of 2004” list
— Chicago Tribune Books

Named to the Booklist Editors’ Choice 2004 list
— Booklist

“Fascinating book”
— John Lehman (member of the 9/11 Commission), Washington Post Book World

“Waller has probably done his best work ever in this recounting of Mitchell’s life and trial”
— Booklist (starred review)

“Facinating . . . A Question of Loyalty is a must-read”
— Wall Street Journal

“[A] fascinating well-told story of a military maverick’s life”
— Chicago Tribune

“Don’t pass up Douglas Waller’s riveting read about the legendary Billy Mitchell, whose rebellion captivated a nation.”
— Senator John McCain

“Buy this and get ready to hang on to your seats! A gripping true-life trial. I loved it.”
— Greta Van Susteren, Fox News