The Bomber Mafia - Malcolm Gladwell

The Bomber Mafia

By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date - Published: 2021-04-27
  • Book Genre: Military
  • Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 84 Ratings)

The Bomber Mafia Malcolm Gladwell read online review & book description:

An exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war

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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. The Bomber Mafia is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.

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  • It’s a good read

    4
    By JBG7474
    I enjoyed it. Gladwell’s style is pretty engaging. But in the end, I kinda wished there was more here. Finished it in one day of airplane travel.
  • A fascinating read

    5
    By Possibly Duncan
    A captivating and well written account of how men and machines combine and the effects of this
  • Conventional Bombing WWII Well Explained

    4
    By Professor of the Practice
    In a relatively short book, Mr. Gladwell explains the concept of conventional bombing (precision and area) as well as I have read. He avoids judgements and presentism, and he provides facts that well cited. I myself will cite “ The Bomber Mafia” in my college lectures. Excellent reading for any WWII historian.
  • Way overpriced

    1
    By mr sterling
    This was like a long form magazine article. For 14.99$ I want my money back! MG is selling out. Avoid this book.
  • Starts out well

    2
    By Sspeidel
    But winds up... thin.

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