Outstanding History of Japanese Air Force to the end of World War II

Click here to read the full review: Barnes & Noble Review – 5 Star

“For its material ranging from panoramic perspectives of WWII in Asia and the Pacific to listings of specifications of air plane parts, the history is a distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history library.”

“Edwards’ work goes well beyond the dramatic images of the Japanese World War II air power unleashed at Pearl Harbor, the infamous Zeros, and desperate bravery of the kamikazes which have become an indelible part of popular history. Although the “rise and fall” phrase of the title denotes the bulk of the content, the book is a history of Japanese air interests and air power from their origins and early developments preceding World War II.”

“Edwards weaves together a variety of material for this engrossing history not only recounting the development of Japanese air power–a topic which has not received much attention despite the perennial keen interest in World War II–but also deepening understanding of the nature of the warfare and surrounding political, technical, etc., matters bearing on it. The reader encounters deliberations of Japanese wartime leaders, Japan’s strategy for taking militaristic rule over large areas of Asia and the Pacific, the role of its air power in this, technical specifications of war planes, the turns of specific battles, and Japan’s changing dependence on its air power in relation to its fortunes in World War II, among much else.”