The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War / Malcolm Gladwell.
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- ISBN: 0316309850 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780316309851 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780316309851
- ISBN: 0316309850
- Physical Description: xvi, 303 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Edition: Large print edition.
- Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co., 2021.
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"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." -- "All of a sudden, the Air House would be gone. Poof."
"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"--Provided by publisher.