1st ed., 1979. Xiv + 349 pp., 10 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The author's experience serving throughout the 1930's period of rearmament and the Second World War in the Air Ministry provided him with a valuable insight into the RAF and its leaders at war, and the process of government. Thus he brings a new perspective to this history of the RAF from its earliest origins to the final days of the Second World War. His account of the campaigns is balanced by studies of the bodies that evaluated, armed, equipped, transported and directed the RAF. He discusses a number of controversial points including Churchill's criticism of re-armament, the nature of Beaverbrook's contribution to aircraft production, and the morality of strategic bombing.