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The Influence of Air Power Upon History - cover

The Influence of Air Power Upon History

Walter J. Boyne

Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation

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From the New York Times-bestselling author, an analysis of how flight has shaped warfare, politics, diplomacy, technology, and mass culture.   In this book, Walter Boyne—former Air Force pilot and director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum—examines the application of air power from the earliest days of the balloon down to the current era of space warfare, and postulates some startling new theories.   The author unerringly depicts the contributions made by the people and 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, and others philosophically, even as he compares the combat capabilities of leaders such as Hugh Trenchard, Bomber Harris, Herman Goering, Curtis LeMay, and Henry “Hap” Arnold. Aircraft, their weapons, and their employment are given equal treatment, and Boyne shares controversial, thought-provoking views on World War II bombings and air power in the Vietnam War.

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