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Book Review 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 below. Reviewers are asked to analyze the book and provide an exclusive, original, unpublished, concise evaluation.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.

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TitleAuthorCopyright YearPublisher Name
"A Pitiful, Unholy Mess": The History of Wheeler, Bellows, and Haleiwa Fields and the Attacks of 7 December 1941J. Michael Wenger, Robert J. Cressman, and John F. Di Virgilio2022US Naval Institute
[E-Book] War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, GeopoliticsBleddyn E. Bowen2021Edinburgh University Press
[PDF] Assured Access: A History of the US Air Force Space Launch Enterprise, 1945–2020David N. Spires2022Air University Press
Ace in a Day: The Memoir of an Eighth Air Force Fighter Pilot in World War IILt Col Wayne K Blickenstaff2022Casemate Publishers
American Defense Reform: Lessons from Failure and Success in Navy HistoryRADM Dave Olver (ret) and Anand Toprani2022Georgetown University Press
An Army Afire: How the US Army Confronted its Racial Crisis in the Vietnam EraBeth Bailey2023University of North Carolina
At the Dawn of Airpower: The U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps' Approach to the Airplane, 1907-1917Laurence M. Burke II2022Naval Institute Press
Black Hearts and Painted Guns: A Battalion's Journey into Iraq's Triangle of DeathKelly Eads, Daniel S Morgan2023Casemate
Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic BombJames M. Scott2022W.W. Norton & Company
Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall IslandersWalter Pincus2021Diversion Books
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