Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War / Edition 1

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Overview

Can air bombardment break the morale of an enemy and force it to capitulate or does it strengthen the enemys determination to resist? In the first major book since the Vietnam War on the theory and practice of airpower and its political effects, Robert A. Pape helps policy makers judge the purpose of various air strategies, and helps general readers understand the policy debates. Pape examines the air raids on Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq as well as those of Israel versus Egypt, providing details of bombing operations and governmental decision making. His detailed narratives of the strategic effectiveness of bombing range from the classical cases of World War II to an extraordinary reconstruction of airpower use in the Gulf War, based on recently declassified documents. Pape argues convincingly that airpower is no "magic bullet" nor a way to win inexpensively. His conclusions will provoke debate from the highest military circles to the armchair generals in academia and Congress and have ramifications for questions from defense budget cuts to international policy in Bosnia. The wealth of systematically collected evidence should be a source of scholarly debates for years to come.

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"Bombing to Win is a critically important book."—Navel War College Review

"Robert Pape argues comprehensively and convincingly that in 75 years, strategic bombing of civilians has had no effect on the war aims of their governments. . . . His contribution is well-grounded in massive scholarship, but its value lies more in the demolishing persistent misconceptions than in the provision of new insights for the future of air-power."—Survival

"This excellent work is highly recommended as an antidote to the air power hyperbole so often encountered after the Gulf War."—Non-Offensive Defence and Conversion Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801483110
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,337,909
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Why Study Military Coercion?
2., Explaining Military Coercion
3. Coercive Air Power
4. Japan, 1944-1945
5. Korea, 1950-1953
6. Vietnam, 1965-1972
7. Iraq, 1991
8. Germany, 1942-1945
9. Beyond Strategic Bombing

Appendix: Coding Cases of Coercive Air Power
Index

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