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on 13 June 2014
Other reviewers have liked this book, but I do not share their view. I found it poorly written, clichéd and wordy. I also thought the structure of the book poorly thought out, with frequent repetition. Finally, the author asserts many things but rarely backs these assertions with sources, and his bibliography is thin. I am sorry that I spent time working my way through to the end, but pleased that I managed to find a cheaper source for my copy than Amazon could provide.
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on 13 April 2017
This book is a bit of a curate's egg - good in parts. There are some interesting facts but the writing style verges on the opaque and the text is in serious need of editing by somebody that actually knows aircraft to delete all the unnecessary hyphens (such as bi-plane for example). There are also plentiful details that are at least questionable which undermines confidence in the author's research.
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on 22 September 2013
I came to this book, frankly, knowing very little about military aviation but came away with a vastly expanded knowledge of the subject. The author provides a thorough and comprehensive survey of air power in all its different forms, astutely organising each chapter by theme rather than the less compelling sequential historical perspective. The result is a detailed, engrossing account of all aspects of military aviation over the previous century, packed full of facts, anecdotes and informed comment, including a contemporary discussion of the role of air power in Syria. The generous number of black-and-white plates of military aircraft spanning the decades also adds a classy touch. I think it would be difficult to find another book that covered this range in such detail and yet remains accessible to the general reader. Masterful, engaging and informative. Recommended.
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on 18 November 2013
I purchased this book after reading the author's previous effort on the recent Libya conflict and Sloggett has once again delivered to a high standard with this publication. Understanding that changes in the application of air power is both a result of technological and political evolution, Sloggett covers the key aspects of air-related conflict in a simple but structured manner that will suit both the enthusiast and the academic

The changing role of air power is one of contemporary debate. As General Rupert Smith reminds us, conflict has entered a stage where wars are 'amongst the people', therefore making the future contribution of air power a topic of much heated debate. This has come to the fore in recent years with the debate over the affordability and implications of progressing with Britain's aircraft carriers given this change in warfare. Sloggett's sharp analysis of a spectrum of military engagements involving prominent use of air power however, prevents one from drawing the conclusion that air power is an expensive decadence in today's world. While reliance on such a tactic could result in a mantra of 'firing a million dollar missile at a ten dollar tent', even modern day counter-insurgency relies on utilising various tactics and approaches coherently based on the scenario presented.

Sloggett shows real comfort with the subject matter, drawing parallels across conflicts, geographies and cultures. If you want to learn more about the evolution of air power then this book comes highly recommended!
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on 28 November 2016
The guy know his stuff. But being a man of science he talks alot of facts, figures and percentages. Get through those bits and it is a throughly good read. Very base towards the RAF though but this is explained in the authors background.
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on 17 October 2013
Dr Sloggett must be congratulated for his research and production of this work. He has an air of an experienced thriller writer (in Le Carre style) when describing events concerning the Cuban missile crisis - Yes we all know the facts of the case but Dr Sloggett brings the whole passege to life in unputdownable way!
Indeed I was summoned for dinner on three separate occasions with increasing volume on each call. The book won the battle.
My 8 year old son has been spotted with the book (who is currently studying WW2 and building a mark 3 spitfire (airfix - i hasten to add) as the photographic examples are also exemplorary. Thoroughly recommend this book with recent conflicts still requiring our wonderful RAF.
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on 15 December 2016
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