Octavo, xxiv, 376pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine and cover, light wear to spine. Top edge dyed pink. In publishers first edition dust jacket, $3.50 on front flap, light chipping at edges, bright illustrations, in near fine condition. Signed on front endpaper by author to Senator Robert A. Taft with the following inscription: “To Senator Robert A. Taft, with my warm regards, Alexander DeSeversky. 9/1/50.”
Comments: De Seversky was a Russian-American aviator, who advocated that air power during W.W.II was the key to strategic dominance over Germany and later Russia. He published his New York Times best selling book, Victor Through Air Power, in 1942. This book, Air Power: Key to Survival, was a follow-up to that work. Robert A. Taft was an advocate for Strategic Air Command and charged that the Truman Administration had allowed the United States to fall behind Russia in the Post W.W.II era. This association copy was a gift between two influential voices in the post W.W.II era.