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Why Air Forces Fail, revised and expanded edition

The Anatomy of Defeat

Since the publication of the first edition of Why Air Forces Fail, the debate over airpower's role in military operations has only intensified. Here, eminent historians Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris assemble a team of experts to add essential new details to their cautionary tale for current practitioners of aerial warfare. Together, the contributors examine the complex, often deep-seated, reasons for the catastrophic failures of the Russian, Polish, French, British, Italian, German, Argentine, and American air services. Complemented by reading lists and suggestions for further research, this seminal study with two new chapters provides an essential and detailed analysis of defeat.

About the Authors

Robin Higham (1925–2015), was emeritus professor of military history at Kansas State University. He authored and edited many works about aviation history, including The Influence of Airpower upon History: Statesmanship, Diplomacy, and Foreign Policy since 1903.

Stephen J. Harris is the chief historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. He coauthored The Crucible of War: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force.


"One of the more interesting and better books on military aviation to appear in the last few years."—Journal of Military History , reviewing a previous edition or volume

"The book contains many interesting insights and interpretations. Why Air Forces Fail is an excellent introduction to the study of military failure in general and air forces in particular."—Journal of America's Military Past , reviewing a previous edition or volume

University Press of Kentucky
revised and expanded edition

9780813167510 : why-air-forces-fail-2nd-edition-higham-harris
Paperback / softback
450 Pages
$35.00 USD

Other Titles by Robin Higham

The Influence of Airpower upon History

edited by Robin Higham, Mark Parillo, with contributions by John H. Morrow, Jr., Patrick Facon, Richard R. Muller, David R. Jones, Rene De La Pedraja, Jeffery S. Underwood, Douglas V. Smith, Kent S. Coleman, Andrew S. Erickson, Mark Par...
Feb 2013 - University Press of Kentucky
$70.00 USD - Hardback

A Military History of China, updated edition

edited by David A. Graff, Robin Higham, with contributions by Edward L. Dreyer, David C. Wright, Peter Lorge, Ralph D. Sawyer, Paul Lococo, Jr., Miles Yu, Edward A. McCord, Chang Jui-te, William Wei, Larry M. Wortzel, June Teufel Dreyer
May 2012 - University Press of Kentucky
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$28.00 USD - Electronic book text

Diary of a Disaster

Robin Higham
Nov 2009 - University Press of Kentucky
$35.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in HISTORY / Military / Strategy

Other People's Wars

Brent L. Sterling
Mar 2021 - Georgetown University Press
$119.95 USD - book
$39.95 USD - book
$39.95 USD - ebook

Allies in Air Power

edited by Steven Paget, with contributions byBert Frandsen, Matthew Powell, Andrew Conway, John Moremon, Stephen L. Renner, Corbin Williamson, Richard P. Hallion, Maria E. Burczynska, Benjamin S. Lambeth, Walter A. Dorn
Jan 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$70.00 USD - book
$70.00 USD - ebook
$70.00 USD - ebook

Military Agility

Meir Finkel, translated by Moshe Tlamim
Sep 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$60.00 USD - Electronic book text
$60.00 USD - Electronic book text