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The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the… (edição 2021)

por Malcolm Gladwell (Autor)

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Título:The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
Autores:Malcolm Gladwell (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2021), Edition: 1st, 256 pages
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The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War por Malcolm Gladwell (Author)

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I really appreciate Malcolm Gladwell's insights and style of taking an obscure fact or story and doing a deep dive into all the related aspects and people involved. This book is one I would have never read except it was chosen by our book club, which gets us all to read out of our normal interest areas. I learned a lot about military bombing styles and how they have developed over time, some humane and some sadistic. I would rather we all stop fighting and somehow learn to get along without having to go to war and kill each other to prove a point. ( )
  Katyefk | Oct 8, 2021 |
While I thought Gladwell had some good moments in this book, it seems to be a rather short effort for such a deep topic. And I'm really not sure what the point was. Gladwell spends time talking about how the leaders of the US Strategic Bomber effort and philosophy ("The Bomber Mafia" in his words), developed their ideas, but ignores the fact that nearly every other country had similar men during the 1920's & 30's. He contrasts Haywood Hansell's vision with that of Curtis Lemay, but after describing how Hansell was relieved because he wouldn't change his tactics, goes on to criticize Lemay for making the necessary changes....I think. The last paragraphs seem to say both yes and no at the same time. Also a few obvious errors that shouldn't have existed with even minimal research, and Gladwell does boast about his research. There is also some very detailed discussions of how the Norden bombsight and napalm were created, but the discussion of tactics and strategies is missing. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
The Bomber Mafia: a Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War. Malcolm Gladwell, 2021. I don’t think a lot about military history or strategy, but I do think of some of my “guy-buds” who like it and, since the librarian in me will never die, I send them reviews on books I think they might like. Gladwell’s book generated some conversation and I was asked my opinion, hence, I read this. It was fascinating but troubling. Gladwell is a good writer; The “bomber Mafia” refers to a group strategists, as close as a “band of brothers.” who were at what is now Maxwell Air Force Basin in Montgomery. Their obsession was precision bombing. They wanted to insure victory by being able to target specific places, buildings or people rather than bomb the crap out of an area hoping the hit their target. Meanwhile at Harvard a group of chemists developed one of the deadliest weapons of all, napalm. Curtis LeMay took over the command of the B-29’s in the Marianas that had been set up to stop the Japanese. He decided to use napalm to bomb Japan, and boy did he ever. Was horrifying: 1665 tons of napalm were dropped. After the war, the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, concluded, “Probably more persons lost their lives by fire at Tokyo in a six-hour period than at any time in the history of man.” The question is was it the moral thing to do. Experts will say it shortened the war just like the A bombs did, and thus saved lives so was, therefore, “just.” Maybe it did, and maye it was, but could it have been done in a more humane way? Not that I can see. That doesn’t make it any easier stomach, May God help and have mercy on those who are faced with these impossible decisions. ( )
  judithrs | Sep 14, 2021 |
A short but perceptive look at the personalities, weapons, strategies, tactics, and results of US bombing campaigns in WW2. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 1, 2021 |
In the 1930's, American military planners knew they should prepare their country to fight a war they saw looming on the horizon. The Norden Bombsight had been developed and they enthusiastically used its development to plan to bomb exact targets and avoid killing many civilians.

However, flying a bomber at 30,000 feet with high winds, smoke on the ground, antiaircraft artillery and fighter planes shooting at you made hitting anything on the ground you aimed at virtually impossible. The British abandon this idea early in the war and just dropped their bombs all over the target hoping to disrupt civilian life as well as maybe doing some damage to the target.

When the Americans developed the B-29 which could cross the great distances to Japan, their commander on the scene, Curtis LeMay knew what damage napalm could do to Japanese houses and he decided to burn Japanese cities to the ground. His first city was Tokyo and he created a fire storm the killed thousands of people trapped in its narrow streets with no way to escape which became known as the "longest night of the second world war". He felt dropping the Atomic Bomb was unnecessary as the Japanese would have soon surrendered after he had destroyed all their cities.

This is another Gladwell effort that is full of trivia on the main theme and short biographies of the characters he finds were involved. Very informative and interesting. ( )
  lamour | Jul 31, 2021 |
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