Naval War College Review


Conrad Crane is a research professor for military strategy at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, and formerly a professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy. Crane previ- ously wrote Bombs, Cities, and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II (1993), which is widely respected for its rich and adroit analysis. American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950–1953 is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched treatment of the many issues that the newly constituted U.S. Air Force faced as a result of having to fight its first war as an independent service—a war that it was not doctrinally or materially prepared for, and that the service had neither anticipated nor especially wanted to fight.