In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night time of the Second World Battle, Malcolm Gladwell, writer of New York Instances finest sellers together with Speaking to Strangers and host of the podcast Revisionist Historical past, makes use of unique interviews, archival footage, and his trademark perception to weave collectively the tales of a Dutch genius and his selfmade pc, a band of brothers in Central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard. As listeners hear these tales unfurl, Gladwell examines one of many biggest ethical challenges in trendy American historical past.Most army thinkers within the years main as much as World Battle II noticed the airplane as an afterthought. However a small band of idealistic strategists had a unique view. This “Bomber Mafia” requested: What if precision bombing might, simply by taking out essential choke factors – industrial or transportation hubs – cripple the enemy and make conflict far much less deadly?In Revisionist Historical past, Gladwell reexamines moments from the previous and asks whether or not we acquired it proper the primary time. In The Bomber Mafia, he employs all of the manufacturing strategies that make Revisionist Historical past so participating, stepping again from the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night time of the conflict, and asking, “Was it price it?” The assault was the brainchild of Normal Curtis LeMay, whose brutal pragmatism and scorched-earth techniques in Japan price 1000’s of civilian lives however could have spared extra by averting a deliberate US invasion.Issues might need gone in another way had LeMay’s predecessor, Normal Haywood Hansell, remained in cost. As a key member of the Bomber Mafia, Hansell’s theories of precision bombing had been foiled by dangerous climate and human error. When he and Curtis LeMay squared off for a management handover within the jungles of Guam, LeMay emerged victorious, resulting in the darkest night time of World Battle II.The Bomber Mafia is a riveting story of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of conflict.
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