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5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced and thorough examination of air power's past and future
This book is a must have for all with an interest in air power. With contributions from the world's leading experts on air power history and strategy, the book is unique in the breadth and depth of its examination of the development of air power.

The book's structure is excellent. The chapters are concise (nominally 20 pages) and provide insight into air...
Published on August 16, 2010 by Trav Hallen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Air Warfare
Although this book may provide a comprehensive analysis of the role that air power has played in military conflicts over the past century, but in the other hand I find it so stuffed with some an necessary details, instead of that it focused on one side than the other. True it comprised essays penned by a global cadre of leading military experts, but it would not fit in...
Published on June 17, 2012 by alhashim_aviation


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced and thorough examination of air power's past and future, August 16, 2010
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Trav Hallen (Canberra, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This book is a must have for all with an interest in air power. With contributions from the world's leading experts on air power history and strategy, the book is unique in the breadth and depth of its examination of the development of air power.

The book's structure is excellent. The chapters are concise (nominally 20 pages) and provide insight into air power's role in the conflict being considered. What is very useful is the positioning, in most chapters anyway, of air power's role in a particular conflict with how it was used on other conflicts past and present. This provides a bit of cohesion to the book which is sometimes difficult in a collected work. This is particular important in this work as the authors generally examine different aspects of air power (the chapter on the Israel-Arab Wars focused on air superiority while that on the Falklands had a distinctly logistical feel about it). This is not a criticism of the book as it is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of every aspect of air power in every conflict.

Perhaps the most positive aspect of the book is that it wasn't written by or for air power zealots. The perspectives offered were balanced (in the main) and different viewpoints were raised. This was most notable in the final part of the book (Part V - Perspectives) in the two concluding chapters by Van Creveld and Hallion. Both provide an overview of the evolution of air power and its potential future, each arriving at well argued and supported (but different) conclusions.

In summary: as you read through the book you gain an understanding of how certain aspects of air power (technical, logistical, strategy or tactical) developed over a number of conflicts. At the end, you are presented with two essentially opposing views on what this history means for the future. Concluding the book in such a way makes you challenge your own interpretation of where we have been and where we are going. That is what makes this book a must read for all with an interest or viewpoint on the past, present or future of air power.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Air Warfare, June 17, 2012
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Although this book may provide a comprehensive analysis of the role that air power has played in military conflicts over the past century, but in the other hand I find it so stuffed with some an necessary details, instead of that it focused on one side than the other. True it comprised essays penned by a global cadre of leading military experts, but it would not fit in this book, it should be put in two parts instead of one huge stuffed book.
The concluding section however offers wider perspectives by focusing on air and space power in both unconventional and conventional warfare from 1913 to the present.
Also although some might find it a positive aspect of the book is that it wasn't written by one or two writers; I find it a negative move but not so badly.
In summary: as you read through the book you gain an understanding of how certain aspects of air power (technical, logistical, strategy or tactical) developed over a number of conflicts. This book is good for the normal readers who want to discover the aerial warfare history with an interest or viewpoint on the past, present or future of air power.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read, historically accurate, October 13, 2013
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Used this for s history paper, not the greatest book but not the worst, no gripes on anything in particular or specifics I just didn't think it was that great of a read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Terrible Narration, November 26, 2011
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This is an outstanding text on the history of air warfare providing very intriguing details of air power as a weapon of war. The author has gone through great lengths to detail the origins of flight inventions and the consequent impact on success or defeat on the battlefield.

It is too bad that Olson chose Van Doren to do the reading in this audio presentation. Van Doren's melodramatic delivery detracts from the scholarly tone of the book, and his inability to pronounce French, Italian, and German names, places, and nouns, presents this embarrassing performance which sent me to purchase the book for quiet reading.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any serious military history library, June 12, 2010
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Any library strong in military aviation titles will relish A HISTORY OF AIR WARFARE, a fine assembly of papers on air power history and development and a 'bible' packed with information. This captures the changing history of air warfare and analyzes the role air power has played in military conflicts over the last century. These sixteen essays pack a punch and are a 'must' for any serious military history library.
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A History of Air Warfare by John Andreas Olsen (Paperback - Jan. 2010)
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