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The Influence of Air Power Upon History

The Influence of Air Power Upon History (Hardback)

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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, and 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 and postulates some new and 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 and practice of air power as it is exercised in both war and peace. 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.

Boyne's views on World War 2 bombings and air power in the Vietnam War will please many readers -- and perhaps shock many others.

History & PoliticsMilitary StudiesAir forces & warfareHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesIntelligence, Strategy & tacticsCivil defenceHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesIntelligence, Strategy & tacticsMilitary intelligenceHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesIntelligence, Strategy & tacticsMilitary tacticsTechnicalEngineering & General TechnologyHistory of engineering & technologyTransportAircraft: general interest Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co Publication Date: 31/05/2003 ISBN-13: 9781589800342  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 31/07/2017.  

Walter J Boyne is an internationally recognised authority on aviation and the history of flight. He has written thirty-six works of non-fiction and five novels on the subject and has appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists for both fiction and non-fiction. An Air Force pilot with 5000 hours of flying time, he was one of the first directors at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and is the founder of Air & Space magazine, which has since become the best-selling aviation magazine in the United States. He went on to co-found the cable television channel Wingspan -- The Air and Space Channel and has since appeared as a commentator at numerous aviation and military events and on such cable channels as the History Channel, A&E, the Discovery Channel, and Speedvision. Boyne lives in Virginia with his wife.

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