Air superiority was the key to survival and success for the U.N. forces in Korean conflict. Futrell's history of the U.S. Air Force in Korea definitely analyses the achieving and maintaining of that superiority. The military, logistical, political problems, the successes and failures of the endeavor are carefully and clearly brought forth. Futrell skillfully manipulates a mountain of facts and makes highly readable. A concise delineation of the international political forces which dominated the war is threaded through the narration. Also welded into the account are many of the author's penetrating observations on military and political matters. Of these, the first part of Chapter 15, ""Thoughts on Airpower as olitical Weapon"", is especially enlightening. This is more than a good history of particular military branch in a particular war. It is a detailed study of the complexities of modern warfare and a sobering restatement of the continuing Soviet-American global struggle.