. Manchester University Press, 1st ed., 1992. Vii +272 pp., 6 ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. This original study provides a significant reinterpretation of the development of air power in Britain, highlighting how in the period before 1914 aerial warfare was already becoming an increasingly forceful concept. The author examines the early work of military and aeronautical theorists and futurist writers such as Verne, H. G. Wells and Kipling to assist in his study of theories about 'air-mindedness' being a pre-World War I phenomenon. His study of original source material also highlights the significant role of pressure groups and patriotic leagues which attempted to persuade a reluctant British government to provide a military air service. He concludes by examining how the Royal Flying Corps applied the theoretical concepts about aerial warfare. SCARCE.