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Title: Age of Airpower
Author: Martin van Creveld
Publisher: Public Affairs
Martin van Creveld has a long history of scholarly writings that explore and challenge long-held beliefs and the ‘sacred elephants’ of the military. His latest book, The Age of Airpower, is no exception. Continuing his tradition of exceptionally detailed research and extrapolation/interpretation of data, he traces the evolution of airpower as an effective and relevant ‘third pillar’ in the commander’s arsenal. Commencing with the development of flight pre-WW1, he tracks its spectacular rise from rather obscure and simplistic beginnings, through its expansion and technological development at all doctrinal levels (strategic, operational and tactical) during the ensuing WW2 and Cold War years, culminating in its role in what has become the modern asymmetric battlefield of the post-Soviet era.