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The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
  

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Gladwell, Malcolm

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    7 Jun 22

An exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a Bri...tish psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists, the Bomber Mafia, asked: What if precision bombing could cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal? In contrast, the bombing of Tokyo on the deadliest night of the war was the brainchild of General Curtis LeMay, whose brutal pragmatism and scorched-earth tactics in Japan cost thousands of civilian lives, but may have spared even more by averting a planned US invasion. In The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell asks, Was it worth it? Things might have gone differently had LeMay's predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, remained in charge. Hansell believed in precision bombing, but when he and Curtis LeMay squared off for a leadership handover in the jungles of Guam, LeMay emerged victorious, leading to the darkest night of World War II. The Bomber Mafia is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.
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ISBN 9780316296816
Publisher Back Bay Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780316296816
Stock Release date is 7 June 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 7 Jun 2022
Publisher Back Bay Books
Imprint Back Bay Books
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Gladwell, Malcolm
Category Not specified
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Dewey Code 940.544973
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
ONIX Text General/trade

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