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

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  • 3 of 6 copies available at Sage Library System.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District. (Show)

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3 current holds with 6 total copies.

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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." -- from book jacket.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 940.544973 GLA 2021 (Text) 33892100735571 Adult New Books Book None 05/08/2021 On holds shelf -
Ione Public Library 940 CLA (Text) 37843000086512 Adult Nonfiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/13/2021 Available -
Sherman County Public/School Library 940.54 GLA (Text) 37039000186226 NON-FICTION Book Branch_Only_3months 05/21/2021 Available -
Southern Wasco County Library 358.414 GLAD (Text) 33892006344585 NON-FICTION Book Branch_Only_2months 04/27/2021 Checked out 06/22/2021
The Dalles Wasco County Library 358.414 GLA (Text) 33892006658786 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand Branch_Only_2months 04/29/2021 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 358.414 GLA (Text) 33892006658794 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 04/29/2021 Checked out 06/22/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780316296618
  • ISBN: 0316296619
  • Physical Description: xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-231) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction. "This isn't working. You're out." -- "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." -- "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." -- Conclusion. " All of a sudden, the Air House would be gone. Poof."
Summary, etc.:
"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." -- from book jacket.
Subject: LeMay, Curtis E.
Hansell, Haywood S.
Aeronautics, Military > United States > History > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan > Aerial operations, American.
Precision bombing > United States > History > 20th century.
Bombing, Aerial > United States > History > 20th century.
Bombing, Aerial > Japan > History > 20th century.
Strategy > History > 20th century.
Aeronautics, Military > History > 20th century.
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