The Mystique of Airpower

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The Mystique of Airpower


Petersen, M. J., Air & Space Power Journal


The Airpower Professional 's Book Club

There is no List with a capital L. The great books are simply the books which deal most incisively, most eloquently, most universally, and most timelessly with man and his world.

-Milton Mayer

IN THE WINTER 1998 issue of Airpower Journal, we introduced the Airpower Professional's Book Club. We've had an encouraging response so far and hope to keep hearing from you, our readers. Although it's too early to publish our top-10 list, in this update we identify some of the titles that you have suggested. Perhaps this will help those of you who are still thinking about your own lists.

* The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat by John A. Warden III.

* Air Power: A Centennial Appraisal by Air Vice Marshal Tony Mason.

* All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

* Breaking the Phalanx: A New Design for Landpower in the 21 st Century by Douglas A. Macgregor.

* Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

* The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet.

* For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America by Allan Millett and Peter Maslowski.

* The First and the Last: The Rise and Fall of the German Fighter Forces, 1938-1945 by Gen Adolf Galland.

* The Future of War: Power, Technology and American World Dominance in the 21st Century by George Friedman and Meredith Friedman.

* General Kenney Reports:A Personal History of the Pacific War by Gen George C. Kenney.

* The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor.

* The German Air War in Russia by Richard Muller.

* Going Downtown: The War against Hanoi and Washington by Col Jack Broughton.

* Green Light! A Troop Carrier Squadron's War from Normandy to the Rhine by Dr. Martin Wolfe.

* Heart of the Storm: The Genesis of the Air Campaign against Iraq by Col Richard Reynolds.

* The Icarus Syndrome: The Role ofAir Power in the Evolution and Fate of the U.S. Air Force by Carl H. Builder.

* Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: A History of Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, 1907-1964 by Robert Frank Futrell.

* The Impact of AirPower, National Security and World Politics edited by Eugene M. Emme.

* The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 by Alfred T. Mahan.

* The Long March by William Styron.

* The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940 by James S. Corum.

* Makers of Modem Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age edited by Peter Paret and Gordon Craig.

* The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis by Carl H. Builder.

* Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time edited by Ernest Hemingway.

* No Margin for Error: The Making of the Israeli Air Force by Ehud Yonay.

* The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski.

*The Paths of Heaven: The Evolution of Airpower Theory edited by Col Phillip S. Meilinger.

* Revolution in Warfare? Air Power in the Persian Gulf by Thomas A. Keaney and Eliot A. Cohen.

* 1794: America, Its Army, and the Birth of the Nation by Dave R. Palmer.

* Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations by Samuel P. Huntington.

* On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War by Harry Summers.

* Strategy in the Missile Age by Bernard Brodie.

* Strike from the Sky: The History of Battlefield Air Attack, 1911-1945 by Richard P. Hallion.

* Thor's Legions: Weather Support to the U.S. Air Force and Army, 1937-1987 by John F. Fuller.

* The U.S. Air Service in the Great War, 1917-1919 by James J. Cooke.

* Victory through Air Power by Alexander P. de Seversky.

* On War by Carl von Clausewitz.

* Winged Victory by Victor M. Yeates.

Remember to send your list by E-mail to editor@cadre. …

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