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100 Years of Air Power and Aviation100 Years of Air Power and Aviation

Robin Higham


Book published by Texas A&M University Press


In 100 Years of Air Power and Aviation, Robin Higham, regarded by many as the dean of aviation historians, presents a critical history of British, American, Soviet, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Israeli aviation. He moves easily from theory to concrete example and back again, in the process discussing the social, economic, and political components of air power, the major wars and police actions in which aircraft have been employed, the composition of air forces, and the creation of aviation industries from the Wright brothers and the early pusher aircraft of World War I through Boeing’s competition with Airbus and the development of the Eurofighter.

In this precise, interpretive, and informative volume, Higham looks at everything from the roots of strategic bombing and tactical air power, to the lessons learned and unlearned during the invasion of Ethiopia, the war in China, and the Spanish Civil War, as well as the problems posed by jet aircraft in Korea and the use of Patriot missiles in the Persian Gulf. He covers anti-guerrilla operations, doctrine, industrial activities and equipment, as well as the development of commercial airlines.

Turning his attention to civil aviation in the closing pages, Higham discusses the “wars” that saw Braniff fold as Continental filed for bankruptcy and Brazil’s Embraer emerged as a third-world success story. He considers the rise and fall of Soviet civil aviation. He discusses the development of new aircraft and the expansion of airports such as O’Hare, which handles more than 200,000 passengers daily.

Higham synthesizes a hundred years of aviation and air power into sets of principles and lessons for future generations of airmen and politicians. Like his earlier works, this book will capture the interest of scholars, students, enthusiasts, and general readers looking for a serious overview by one of the country’s leading aviation historians.

Robin Higham , professor of history emeritus at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Military History of the Soviet Union and Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat.

REVIEWS:

“Controversial, but always accurate, Robin Higham again provides the basic text for any understanding of a century of air warfare. Students of all levels–begin or continue your exploration here. Encyclopedic in scope and global in range, this revised, updated, and expanded edition incorporates the most recent scholarship into a complete and critical survey of aviation and air power in the 20th Century and beyond.”

—Stephen l. McFarland, Auburn University

“The dean of air power historians scores again with a revised version ... that contains so much fresh material it is best understood as an independent work. Higham wears his learning lightly in this stimulating and well written analysis of air power’s increasingly connected military and civil roles in the twentieth century. Both specialists and general readers will profit from Higham’s discussion of air power in the world wars. Even more useful, however, is the book’s presentation of the aerial dimension of history warfare since 1945. In a masterpiece of comparative analysis, Higham not only covers every aspect of aircraft in action across a comprehensive spectrum of conflicts. He presents as well the growing shift of emphasis from military to civil and commercial education–-a development at least as important as the continued use of aircraft in warmaking.”

—Dennis Showalter

“This great sprawling book covers the history of aviation and airpower from 1903 to 2003 embracing not only the major and minor wars but also airlines, airports, and the aviation industry in its broadest sense. Some readers may be put off by the author’s stream of consciousness prose style, but those who persist will find his many interpretations uniquely provocative and stimulating. Virtually every page offers fresh ideas and original suggestions. This multi-national and multi-service study reflects and presents the mature reflections of a life-long scholar who is himself a flyer, one who has immersed himself in the virtually limitless literature of aviation in the 20th Century. Much of the appeal of his work, apart from its comprehensiveness, stems from the author’s willingness to challenge conventional wisdom.”

—I. B. Holley, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University

“Since he is one of the acknowledged masters in the field of airpower history, and since his latest book, 100 Years of Air Power and Aviation is getting rave reviews, and since that same book encapsulates pretty much everything that anybody knows about the history of flight between the covers of a single volume, you’d assume that Robin Higham is kickin’ back about now.”

The Manhattan Mercury

“Deftly weaves together theory and historical examples... clearly recommended as a core addition to any academic or community library collection.”

WisconsinBookwatch

“Captures the imagination of the reader and should prove to be an authoritative work for anyone wishing to understand the first century of air power and aviation.”

Military Heritage

“Higham's book evidences of a lifetime of expertise researching airpower.”

Technology and Culture

“What promotes innovation and fairness—intellectual property rights and restrictions on employees moving from one company to another—or free flow of information and people? Especially as technology rewrites rules and expectations, anyone interested in promoting innovation should read Orly Lobel’s powerful analysis that combines lessons from practice, insights from law, and provocative ideas from across the globe.”

—Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School and author of Partners, Not Rivals and Not Only for Myself

“In this fascinating and accessible book, Orly Lobel argues persuasively that firms innovate best not by controlling human capital, but by setting their most creative employees free — even if this means losing them.”

—Christopher Jon Sprigman, Class of 1963 Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, author of The Knockoff Economy

“A powerful critique of our dated ways of thinking about competition ... [and] a hopeful vision of how law and business can foster innovation .... Lobel has written an important book that challenges the way policymakers and industry leaders should think about human capital.”

—Michael Waterstone, Daily Journal





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