The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

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Publisher Description

In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times bestsellers including Talking to Strangers and host of the podcast Revisionist History, uses original interviews, archival footage and his trademark insight to weave 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. As listeners hear these stories unfurl, Gladwell examines 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 Revisionist History, Gladwell re-examines moments from the past and asks whether we got it right the first time. In The Bomber Mafia, he employs all the production techniques that make Revisionist History so engaging, stepping back from the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night of the war, and asking, “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.

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
MG
Malcolm Gladwell
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
05:49
hr min
RELEASED
2021
April 27
PUBLISHER
Pushkin Industries
SIZE
307.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Lamborghini fanatic ,

Interesting book

An interesting book that looks at the strategic bombing ideals used by the USA on Germany and Japan during World War 2.

JFlub ,

Beware: audiobook tracks not correct

It’s a good audiobook/extended podcast but is only half the length as shown by Apple. Not sure it’s worth the cost. As noted by others the tracks are not setup correctly

Qixi790 ,

But I repeat myself…

The content itself was great, the layout of the material and the repetitiveness was horrific. Horrific. Many things repeated many times for no reason. Turns what could have been said in 90 minutes into 7 hours. The dramatic music can be dropped as well. Overall the experience was greatly reduced by the delivery.

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