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

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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. Unlike most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II who saw the airplane as an afterthought, a small band of idealistic strategists had a different view. This 'Bomber Mafia' asked: What if precision bombing could, just by taking out critical choke points -- industrial or transportation hubs -- 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 scorched-earth tactics in Japan cost thousands of civilian lives, but may have spared even more by averting a planned US invasion. 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. This is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.
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subject_facetAeronautics, Military -- History
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Precision bombing -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Aerial operations
title_displayThe Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the Second World War
title_fullThe Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the Second World War / Malcolm Gladwell
The Bomber Mafia A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
The Bomber Mafia [large print] : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the Second World War / Malcolm Gladwell
title_shortThe Bomber Mafia
title_subA Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
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Bombing, Aerial
History
Military
Nonfiction
Precision bombing
World War, 1939-1945