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The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War Book
Book | First edition. | Little, Brown and Company, New York ; 2021.

  • 0 of 7 Copies Available at Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (Show)
  • 0 of 1 Copy Available at West Lincoln Public Library
  • 16 current holds with 7 total copies.
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"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 British 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." --book jacket.
Details

  • ISBN: 9780316296618
  • ISBN: 0316296619
  • Physical Description: xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
  • Bibliography, etc. Note:
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-231) and index.
  • Formatted Contents Note:
    Introduction: "This isn't working. You're out." -- Part one: The dream. "Mr. Norden was content to pass his time in the shop." -- "We make progress unhindered by custom." -- "He was lacking in the bond of human sympathy." -- "The truest of the true believers." -- "General Hansell was aghast" -- Part two: The temptation. "It would be suicide, boys, suicide." -- "If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." -- "It's all ashes--all that and that and that." -- "Improvised destruction." -- Conclusion: "All of a sudden the Air House would be gone. Poof."

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