The Bomber Mafia : a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War
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New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
Edition
First edition.
ISBN
0316296619, 9780316296618
Physical Desc
xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Status
Adult Nonfiction (3rd floor)
NF 358.414 GLADWEL 2021
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Published
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Language
English
ISBN
0316296619, 9780316296618

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"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.
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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gladwell, M. (2021). The Bomber Mafia: a dream, a temptation, and the longest night of the second World War (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-. 2021. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War. Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Little, Brown and Company, 2021.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gladwell, Malcolm. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War First edition., Little, Brown and Company, 2021.

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