Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 29, 2005 - History - 528 pages
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No single human invention has transformed war more than the airplane—not even the atomic bomb. Even before the Wright Brothers’ first flight, predictions abounded of the devastating and terrible consequences this new invention would have as an engine of war. Soaring over the battlefield, the airplane became an unstoppable force that left no spot on earth safe from attack. Drawing on combat memoirs, letters, diaries, archival records, museum collections, and eyewitness accounts by the men who fought—and the men who developed the breakthrough inventions and concepts—acclaimed author Stephen Budiansky weaves a vivid and dramatic account of the airplane’s revolutionary transformation of modern warfare.

On the web: http://www.budiansky.com/


  

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Review: Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq

User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

Bought this book cheap and intended to read it 'some day.' Had to read it as a textbook for an online course. It was actually a very interesting book; very well written. It covers Air Power from the ... Read full review

Review: Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq

User Review  - Chuck - Goodreads

This is a history of air power, though mostly American air power, and of the American military's obsession with precision strategic bombing since World War One. Read full review

Contents

1 Visions
2 Bogeymen
3 Realities
4 Grand Plans
5 Lessons Learned and Mislearned
6 The Quest for Precision
7 The Fight for the Fighter
8 Finest Hour
10 The Temporary Triumph of Tactical Aviation
11 The Allied Bomber Offensive
12 Strategic Air Command
13 Hard Knocks
14 Precision at Last
Unpublished Sources
Published Primary Sources Official Reports Contemporaneous Views Memoirs Reprints of Original Documents
Secondary Sources

9 Air Versus Sea

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About the author (2005)

Stephen Budiansky, journalist and military historian, is the author of nine books about history, science, and nature, including Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II. He publishes frequently in The New York Times and The Washington Post and currently serves as a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

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