Air Power by Stephen Budiansky
The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II

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Within a decade of the Wright Brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk, pilots were dropping the first crude bombs out of airplanes in combat while visionaries were predicting that the crushing power of an aerial assault would end warfare as we knew it.

Yet for much of the first century of flight the myth of the airplane’s unstoppable power often surged far ahead of technological reality. It would take both brilliant new inventions and bold new thinking for air power to triumph at last—as it did with such devastating effect in the two Gulf wars.

This sweeping history includes the latest inside details of air operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, where precision weapons and unmanned drones quickly determined the outcome of the fight against the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. Stephen Budiansky draws on combat memoirs, government archives, and museum collections to create a sobering and dramatic account of the air wars of the last hundred years. A story of ideas and men, of intricate machines and fierce passions, Air Power is an edge-of-the-seat drama of contemporary warfare and technology crafted by one of our most gifted writers.


About Stephen Budiansky

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Stephen Budiansky is the author of Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II. A former national security correspondent and foreign editor of the weekly newsmagazine, U.S. News & World Report, he worked on classified military studies of “smart” weapons technology for the U.S. Congress. BudianskyÂ's articles frequently appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Published April 12, 2004 by Viking Adult. 528 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Air Power: From Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II By Stephen Budiansky 528pp, Viking, £20 Six weeks ago a British Airways Concorde was unceremoniously floated on a barge across the Hudson River to a last resting-place in a New York aviation museum.

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World War I, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq campaign of 2003 are all covered accurately and succinctly, as is the context necessary to understand the air warfare component of each.

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