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The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War  Cover Image Book Book

The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War / Malcolm Gladwell.

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  • ISBN: 0316296619 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780316296618 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780316296618
  • ISBN: 0316296619
  • Physical Description: 288 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co., [2021]

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"Malcolm Gladwell's exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war. In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, 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 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 his podcast, Revisionist History, Gladwell re-examines moments from the past and asks whether we got it right the first time. In The Bomber Mafia, he steps back from the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night of the war, and asks, "Was it worth it?" The attack 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 more by averting a planned US invasion. Things might have gone differently had LeMay's predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, remained in charge. As a key member of the Bomber Mafia, Haywood's theories of precision bombing had been foiled by bad weather, enemy jet fighters, and human error. 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." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan > Aerial operations, American.
Bombing, Aerial > Japan > History > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 53 of 64 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 3 current holds with 64 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ansonia Public Library 940 GLA (Text) 34045120738583 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Beacon Falls Public Library 940 GLA (Text) 33120146652505 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Beekley Community Library - New Hartford 940.544 GLADWELL, M. (Text) 32544072673238 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton 940.544 Gla (Text) 33160148507034 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Bethel Public Library 940 GLA (Text) 34030148191395 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Booth & Dimock Library - Coventry ANF 940.544 GLA (Text) 33260000556135 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Brookfield Library 940.5449/GLADWELL (Text) 34029150572229 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater 940 GLADWELL (Text) 36937002164839 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport 940.544973 GLADWELL (Text) 34000148012636 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown 940.544 GLA (Text) 34014150094382 Adult Nonfiction Available -
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