Book Analysis Guidelines

Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower (Æther) publishes book reviews to inform our readers and enhance the content of articles in the journal. Books available for review are posted above. Reviewers are asked to analyze the book and provide an exclusive, original, unpublished, concise evaluation. The analysis should be written in an authoritative style, adhering to Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, using the following guidelines:


  • The first section of the analysis should normally be the shortest and indicate the type of book (biography, anthology, history, monograph, etc.). Include a very short author biographic citation and then describe the context of the book in the literature of the field. Again, this section should be brief.

  • Next, thoroughly analyze the thesis and arguments in the work. What are the strong points of the argument? What are the limitations in the work, including author biases? Is the thesis supported? What are the implications of the argument? Are there any profound aspects of the book? This section will be the longest part of the analysis. 

  • Finally, the analysis should finish with recommendations for improvement. Clearly state whether this book is worth reading, who may find this book most interesting, and why.

Administrative Guidelines

All books are free to reviewers. Each analysis must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word within 45 days of book receipt. Reviews should be no less than 800 words and no more than 1,500 words. Reviews will undergo a formal edit by journal staff.

Include the following in the review heading: title, author, publisher, and number of pages. Sample heading: 

     Supreme Command by Eliot A. Cohen. The Free Press, 2002, 288 pp.

     Also include your name and a brief author citation establishing your credentials as analyst.

Submit analyses via email to: aether-journal@au.af.edu.

Direct questions on editorial issues to:  Book Review Manager: aether-journal@au.af.edu.

Books Available for Review

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TitleAuthorCopyright YearPublisher Name
Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace: The Rise, Demise, and Revival of Arms ControlMichael Krepon2021Stanford University Press
Wars of Ideas: Theology, Interpretation and Power in the Muslim WorldEdited by Ilan Berman2021Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
US Attack Aviation: Air Force and Navy Light Attack, 1916 to the PresentRG Head2022Schiffer Military History
US Attack Aviation: Air Force and Navy Light Attack, 1916 to the PresentRG Head2022Schiffer Military History
Urgent Fury: Grenada 1983Sanjay Badri-Maharaj2022Helion and Company
Ukraine War: Volume 1 - Armed formations of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 2014 - 2022Edward Crowther 2022Helion and Company
The Trillion Dollar War: The U.S. Effort to Rebuild AfghanistanAbid Amiri2021Marine Corps University Press
The Soviet Army's High Commands in War and Peace, 1941–1992Richard W Harrison2022Casemate Publishers
The Influence of Foreign Wars on U.S. Domestic Military Policy: The Case of the Yom Kippur WarRobert W. Tomlinson2022Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
The Defender's Dilemma: Identifying and Deterring Gray-Zone AggressionElisabeth Braw2022AEI Press
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