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The Influence of Air Power Upon History

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 31st 2003 by Pelican Publishing Company
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Vheissu
Walter J. Boyne offers a readable but fairly standard history of the development of air power in the twentieth century. That he mostly fails to explain the "influence of air power upon history" is perhaps a consequence of the overly ambitious task Boyne sets for himself, or maybe because, whatever his understanding of air power, he seems to have a poor understanding of the broader social, economic, and political factors that defined the last century and the relationship of air power to them.

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Tami
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
The Influence of Air Power upon History tells the tale of flight from the first balloon travels through to the modern era. As one would expect, much of this history is more accurately termed military history as the evolutionary process and specific modifications to the various crafts were often driven by military need.

This book contains good detail about flight history while still managing to be an interesting read. Moreover, the chapters are separated into useful time periods or specific chang
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Jul 19, 2013 Robert Nash rated it liked it
Had promise, but the inexorable degeneration into boosterism for the Air Force of the United States and patronising attitude that accompanied it took the shine off of a reasonably good survey of the subject.
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