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    John Andreas Olsen(Author) Stephen Van Doren(Reader)

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This title clarifies air power's role in modern warfare. It explores its involvement in operations other than war and low-intensity campaigns. It affords an overall global perspective because of its internationally diverse contributors. This one-volume anthology provides a comprehensive and objective analysis of the part air power has played in military engagements over the past century. Comprised of fifteen essays penned by a global cast of leading military professionals, ""A History of Air Warfare"" chronologically examines air power's involvement in World Wars I and II, the Cold War period, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, campaign by campaign. The last section focuses on air power in operations other than war from 1913 to the present and contains a concluding chapter on its evolution. Each essay lays out the exposition, objectives, and cast of characters necessary to understand the conflict in question and then inspects the strategic and operational levels of war, as well as the interplay between the politics and military operations proper. More than a simple homage to air power, ""A History of Air Warfare"" exposes its strengths and its weaknesses and, when relevant, illuminates the challenges within coalition warfare. Because of its even treatment of critical analyses and historical background, the book will appeal to modern warfare scholars, air power theorists, and general readers interested in military history alike.

A better qualified editor for such a volume could hardly be found. There is no better work on the general history of air warfare than this volume.Everything you need to know about the evolution of modern air warfare is here. I have been studying air warfare for over forty years now, but if I had room for only one historical volume that encapsulated the evolution of western air warfare since 1914, this would be it. It is superbly written. Should be on the syllabus for staff colleges and a must for all serious students of modern 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.The book provides the most comprehensive and best recent overview of the air warfare development, and accordingly, will be considered for the 2011 Chief of the Air Force Reading list."A History of Air Warfare" is an epic work that captures all the essential elements that have made the airplane a dominant force in warfare. The authors are the most knowledgeable for each period they chronicle. Most of all, the readers will be captivated as they relive the excitement of swirling air battles or the use of modern marvels such as stealth tactics, precision weapons, or air campaign planning. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, but it is also great entertainment for the general reader as it captures the vivid history of our new way of war.John Olsen has assembled the best historians of air power; the result is a superb overview, indispensable to anyone interested in how the expansion of warfare into the third dimension has transformed the art of war. A first-rate work."A History of Air Warfare" is . . . in a class of its own. Olsen and his very expert authors deliver on the promise of providing a history of air power that is both appreciatively celebrating and critical, as the record requires. No existing history even comes close to Olsen for domain, depth, and contextual analysis. Also, although this is an edited work by many authors, editorial guidance, keyed to clear purpose and sensible attitude, yields a well-coordinated whole; this is a history, not just a collection of useful essays. . . . Today and in the future, whatever the character of warfare, the air dimension must be significant. "A History of Air Warfare, " explains better than does any other book available today why this will be so.""A History of Air Warfare" is an epic work that captures all the essential elements that have made the airplane a dominant force in warfare. The authors are the most knowledgeable for each period they chronicle. Most of all, the readers will be captivated as they relive the excitement of swirling air battles or the use of modern marvels such as stealth tactics, precision weapons, or air campaign planning. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, but it is also great entertainment for the general reader as it captures the vivid history of our new way of war."--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.)--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.) (10/23/2009)A History of Air Warfare is an epic work that captures all the essential elements that have made the airplane a dominant force in warfare. The authors are the most knowledgeable for each period they chronicle. Most of all, the readers will be captivated as they relive the excitement of swirling air battles or the use of modern marvels such as stealth tactics, precision weapons, or air campaign planning. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, but it is also great entertainment for the general reader as it captures the vivid history of our new way of war. Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.)--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.) (10/23/2009)""Col John Olsen is one of the dominant voices in airpower history and operations in the world today. His books should be required reading for everyone in uniform."--Phillip S./I>--Phillip S. Meilinger "Strategic Studies Quarterly ""A History of Air Warfare is an epic work that captures all the essential elements that have made the airplane a dominant force in warfare. The authors are the most knowledgeable for each period they chronicle. Most of all, the readers will be captivated as they relive the excitement of swirling air battles or the use of modern marvels such as stealth tactics, precision weapons, or air campaign planning. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, but it is also great entertainment for the general reader as it captures the vivid history of our new way of war."--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.)--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.) (10/23/2009)-Col John Olsen is one of the dominant voices in airpower history and operations in the world today. His books should be required reading for everyone in uniform.---Phillip S./I>--Phillip S. Meilinger -Strategic Studies Quarterly --A History of Air Warfare is an epic work that captures all the essential elements that have made the airplane a dominant force in warfare. The authors are the most knowledgeable for each period they chronicle. Most of all, the readers will be captivated as they relive the excitement of swirling air battles or the use of modern marvels such as stealth tactics, precision weapons, or air campaign planning. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, but it is also great entertainment for the general reader as it captures the vivid history of our new way of war.---Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.)--Gen. Charles A. Horner, USAF (Ret.) (10/23/2009) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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