The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles Book Review
|Date of Review||October 2018||Title||The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles|
|Author||Bill Yenne||Publisher||Specialty Press|
|Format||204 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$34.95|
Bill Yenne surveys the century-long saga of unmanned American military aircraft in The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles from Specialty Press.
Subtitled "From Kettering's 1920s' [sic: 1920's] Bug & 1950's Snark to Today's Tomahawk", text traverses the total tale – from WWI aerial torpedoes and WWII assault drones through 1950s and 1960s jet-propelled designs to today's satellite-guided cruise missiles.
Ground-launched. Vehicle-launched. Ship-launched. Air-launched.
Sperry Flying Bomb. Loon. Navaho. Hound Dog. Tomahawk. And at least 20 more – some as fresh as today's headlines and proposals.
Guidance systems naturally proved critical to cruise missile accuracy. And coverage recaps these, too. Mechanical-gyroscopic. Radio. Television. Satellite. Yenne notes them all.
Hundreds of color and B&W photos, drawings, and action illustrations – many from official government and corporate sources – tincture text. And extended captions augment all.
But the plural of "Waffe" ("weapon") is "Waffen". And German "vengeance" weapons might have "inspired" post-WWII American designs. But I doubt that, by the 1950s, US programs like Navaho were "entirely derived from" Nazi technologies.
Quibbles aside, if you're seeking a convenient compendium on US unmanned aerial weapons, grab this handy, 12-chapter handbook.
With thanks to Specialty Press for the review copy.