During World War II, military leaders made the first strategic use of aircraft in an effort to exert pressure against opponents. Initially, the German Luftwaffe staged concerted raids against British air bases and cities. Then, the British RAF and Bomber Command countered with large-scale night raids on German cities like Hamburg, Essen, Hanover and Berlin. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, American bomber pilots began to engage the Luftwaffe in daring daylight raids on a massive scale. Ultimately, American bomber crews flew destructive fire bombing missions over Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The culmination of the air war was the dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese mainland. In this illustrated history of the evolution of the bomber, the author provides a fast paced glimpse of these events. This is a fine book that captures one of the deadliest elements of the Second World War. For example, in one air raid in February 1945, over 100,000 people were killed in the city of Dresden. The story of air raids, which is well-told by the author, is one that is both informative and chilling. 2001, Twenty-First Century Books, . Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck.