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Contrasts between fighter combat and the bombers' war support Klinkowitz's belief that notions of the air war were determined by one's position in it. He extends his thesis by showing the vastly different style of air war described by veterans of the North African and Mediterranean campaigns and concludes by studying the effects of such combat on adversaries and victims.

Air combat, Klinkowitz writes, offers a unique perspective on the nature of war. The experience of combat has inspired authors to combine exquisite descriptions with probing thoughtfulness, covering the full range of human expression from exultation to heartbreak. Here is a tightly drawn, highly readable account of the European air war.

Jerome Klinkowitz, professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, is the author of thirty books on literature, music, philosophy, art, sports, and contemporary culture.

"The motives, conventions, and literary styles of this aviation literature, especially the personal accounts, has never been examined, and Klinkowitz has managed to produce an engaging study."—Library Journal

"The book is an excellent study of the psychological motives and actions of men in aerial combat and how the pilots reacted to the stress of flying in an enclosed space."—World War II Quarterly

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






World War II, Air combat, Aerial combat, Air war


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