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

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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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Contents

PART ONE KITTY HAWK TO SAINTMIHIEL 19001918
VISIONS
BOGEYMEN
REALITIES
GRAND PLANS
PART TWO VERSAILLES TO MADRID 19191939
LESSONS LEARNED AND MISLEARNED
THE QUEST FOR PRECISION
AIR VERSUS
THE TEMPORARY TRIUMPH OF TACTIC ALAVIATION
THE ALLIED BOMBER OFFENSIVE
PART FOUR OMAHATO BAGHDAD 19462003
STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
HARD KNOCKS
PRECISION AT LAST
NOTES

THE FIGHT FOR THE FIGHTER
PART THREE WARSAW TO NAGASAKI 19391945
FINEST HOUR
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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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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