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Air University Library Course Support


24 August 2020 - 25 September 2020


"This course is foundational in your exploration of the nexus between air power and strategy.  It's scope stretches from First World War to the Atomic Age."

Some materials listed below require access to subscription databases.  If you cannot gain access, contact your local library for availability.  AU students and faculty can contact the center's Web Maintainer for a password.

Internet Resources

Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.  Some links may only be available on-base at Air University.

  • Day 1:  The Dilemma of Positional Warfare  (24 August)

    Alistair Horne     Obituary
    The Price of Glory:  Verdun 1916      Review 1       Review 2

  • Day 2:  Baptism of Fire and Crucible of Airpower Theory:  The Great War  (25 August) 

    John Andreas Olsen    Short Biography
    A History of Air Warfare    Review 1    Review 2

    Lee Kennett     Obituary
    The First Air War:  1914-1918     Review 1     Review 2  

  • Day 3:  Mitchell and the American Experience  (27 August)

    William Mitchell    Biography
    Winged Defense:  The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power--Economic and Military     Review 

    Phillip S. Meilinger     Biography
    The Paths of Heaven:  The Evolution of Airpower Theory      Review 1       Review 2

  • Day 4:  Shrinking the Globe  (28 August)

    Jennifer Van Vleck    Biography  (click on "About the Author", also includes book description)        Discussion about the book   (YouTube) (doesn’t work in .mil)
    Empire of the Air:  Aviation and the American Ascendancy     Review 1     Review 2  

  • Day 5:  The German Experience  (31 August)

    John Andreas Olsen    Short Biography
    A History of Air Warfare    Review 1    Review 2

    James Corum     Biography
    The Luftwaffe:  Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940     Review 1     Review 2

  • Day 6:  The Battle of Britain  (1 September) 

    Stephen Bungay     Biography
    The Most Dangerous Enemy:  A History of the Battle of Britain     Interview     Review

  • Day 7:  The Bomber Offensive:  Planning and Execution  (3 September)

    Tami Davis Biddle        Curriculum Vitae
    Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare     Review

  • Day 8:  The Bomber Offensive:  The Target State  (8 September)

    Adam Tooze     Biography
    The Wages of Destruction:  The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 9:  The CBO:  The Human Dimension  (10 September)

    Kevin Wilson     Biography  (click on "About the Author")
    Men of Air:  The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II      Review     Book Description  

  • Day 10:  The Pacific:  The Carrier War  (11 September)

    John Andreas Olsen    Short Biography
    A History of Air Warfare    Review 1    Review 2  

    Craig L. Symonds     Biography
    The Battle of Midway     Review 1      Review 2

  • Day 11:  The Pacific:  Before the Pivot  (14 September) 

    Thomas E. Griffith    Biography
    MacArthur's Airman:  General George C. Kenney and the War in the Southwest Pacific     Review 1     Review 2

  • Day 12:  Trash Hauling and International Relations  (15 September)

    John D. Plating     Biography
    The Hump:  America's Strategy for Keeping China in World War II     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 13:  Air Warfare and Morality  (17 September) 

    Michael Sherry     Biography
    The Rise of American Air Power:  The Creation of Armageddon     Review 1     Review 2 

  • Day 14:  World War II Reinterpreted?  (18 September)

    Phillips P. O'Brien    Biography
    How the War was Won:  Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II     Review       

  • Day 15:  Historical Methodology  (21 September)
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