By Gian P. Gentile
In the wake of global warfare II, Secretary of conflict Henry L. Stimson and President Harry S. Truman demonstrated the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, to figure out precisely how successfully strategic air strength have been utilized within the eu theater and within the Pacific. the ultimate learn, inclusive of over 330 separate experiences and annexes, used to be unbelievable in its measurement and emphatic in its conclusions. As such it has for many years been used as an aim basic resource and a guiding textual content, a veritable Bible for historians of air power.
In this aggressively revisionist quantity, Gian Gentile examines afresh this influential record to bare the way it mirrored to its very starting place the yank conceptual method of strategic bombing. within the method, he exposes the survey as mostly tautological and thereby throwing into query the various significant tenets of yank air strength philosophy and strategy.
With a close bankruptcy at the Gulf warfare and the ensuing Gulf battle Air strength Survey, and a concluding bankruptcy at the classes of the Kosovo air conflict, How potent is Strategic Bombing? is the main entire and significant e-book on air strength approach in decades.