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A History of Air Power

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This excellent book, which contains numerous photographs, traces the increasingly destructive history of the seventy years of air power, from the genesis to the spectacular and agonizing failures in Vietnam.


Size 23 x 15 x 4 cm
Nbr. of pages 358
Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special feature(s) Dust jacket
Année d’édition 1974
Language English
Conditions Good 
Author Basil Collier
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Wilbur and Orville Wright believed, when early in the present century* they produced the first practical man - carrying powered aircraft, that their invention would " make further wars practically impossible ".
It has not. ( … ) In the First World War, attemp by both sides to gain freedom for their aircraft to reconnoitre the enemy's lines gave rise to the concept of a struggle for air supremacy.
( ... ) The heart of the book comes with the Second World War when theory gave way to practice, which in turn caused changes both in the thinking behind their use and in the machines themselves. Even so, air power remains considerably less decisive than expected ( ... ) ... neither in Korea, nor later in Vietnam, did massive air power enable its possessors to impose their will.
Sober and factual rather than polemical, the author's account allows the facts to speak for themselves and does not gloss over the mistakes of airmen who, by claiming more for air power than it was capable of performing, have repeatedly and disastrously misled their governments.
* The 20th century.
Basil Collier

John Basil Collier ( June 29th, 1908 - 1983 ) was born in Westcliff - on - Sea ( Southend - on - Sea, Essex, England ). 

He was in the R.A.F. ( 1940 - 1948 ) as a staff officer in Fighter Command until 1944. He worked in the Fighter Command H.Q.'s Underground Operations Room and handled secret Ultra material from Bletchley Park ( Buckinghamshire, England ). John B. Collier assembled information about German long - range weapons, going to France and Belgium in late 1944, to investigate captured sites. 

From 1944 to 1945, he was at S.H.A.E.F. Headquarters in Versailles ( France ). At the end of the war in Europe, he was appointed Air Historical Officer, Fighter Command. 

After leaving the R.A.F. in 1948, he went to the Cabinet Office as a historian and wrote the official history volume The Defence of the United Kingdom ( 1962 ). 

Since 1957, John B. Collier has been a freelance writer on military topics, such as : Brasshat : A biography of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson ( 1961 ), The Battle of Britain ( 1962 ), The Battle of the V - Weapons, 1944 - 1945 ( 1964 ), The Lion and the Eagle : British and Anglo - American Strategy, 1900 - 1950 ( 1972 ), Japanese Aircraft of World War II ( 1979 ). 

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
George Weidenfeld ( 1919 - 2016 ) and Nigel Nicolson ( 1917 - 2004 ) founded Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1949 with a reception at Brown's Hotel ( London, England ). Among many other significant books, it published Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita ( 1959 ) and Nigel Nicolson's Portrait of a Marriage ( 1973 ), a frank biography of his mother Vita Sackville - West and father Harold Nicolson. In its early years, Weidenfeld & Nicolson also published non - fiction works by Isaiah Berlin, Hugh Trevor - Roper, and Rose Macaulay, and novels by Mary McCarthy and Saul Bellow. Later it published titles by world leaders and historians, along with contemporary fiction and glossy illustrated books. Weidenfeld & Nicolson acquired the publisher Arthur Baker Ltd in 1959, and ran it as an imprint into the 1990's. Weidenfeld & Nicolson was one of Orion's first acquisitions after the group's founding in 1991, and formed the core of its offerings. Late in 2013, Weidenfeld & Nicolson published the British edition ( and Hachette subsidiary Little, Brown the American edition ) of I Am Malala, the memoir of Pakistani - born teenager Malala Yousafzai ( 1997 ) with British journalist and author Christina Lamb ( 1965 ). Malala Yousafzai is a female education activist, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014. ( source : Wikipedia )
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