In highlighting selections from his 2009 Reading List, General Norton A. Schwartz writes,
“For a historical view of navigating change, and the pitfalls of ignoring innovation, open up Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers: Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917-1945, by David E. Johnson. This story is not one of inevitable historical forces but of human decisions. Johnson argues that the Army’s reliance on lightly armored fast tanks and the Air Corp’s belief in the invincibility of the bomber left both forces ill prepared and vulnerable in the early days of WWII. The early tanks were no match for heavy Panzer divisions, and the Eighth Air Force was nearly decimated without long-range fighter support.”
Find Johnson’s book here.