English | 20 Jun. 2003 | ISBN: 1589800346 | 447 Pages | EPUB (True) | 1.46 MB
The Influence of Air Power upon History makes a startlingly new analysis of the far-reaching implications flight has had on warfare, politics, diplomacy, technology, & mass culture.
Author Walter Boyne examines the application of air power from the very earliest days of the balloon down to the current era of space warfare & postulates some new & controversial theories that are certain to arouse comment. The Influence of Air Power upon History traces the development of air-power philosophy by examining the theory & practice of air power as it is exercised in both war & peace. The author unerringly depicts the contributions made by the people & planes of each era, some of them famous, some virtually unknown, but all vitally important. He highlights the critical competence of individuals at every step of the way, comparing the works of Guilio Douhet, William Mitchell, John Warden, & others philosophically, even as he compares the combat capabilities of leaders such as Hugh Trenchard, Bomber Harris, Herman Goering, Curtis LeMay, & Henry 'Hap' Arnold. Aircraft, their weapons, & their employment are given equal treatment. Boyne's views on World War 2 bombings & air power in the Vietnam War will please many readers -- & perhaps shock many others.