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  • The Bomber Mafia

  • A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
  • Auteur(s): Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrateur(s): Malcolm Gladwell
  • Durée: 5 h et 14 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Catégories: History, Military
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (423 évaluations)

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In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times best sellers 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, Hansell’s theories of precision bombing had been foiled by bad weather 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.

©2021 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2021 Malcolm Gladwell

Ce que les critiques en disent

The Bomber Mafia is a parable written for the age of technological disruption.” (The Times, London) 

"Gladwell is a wonderful storyteller. When he is introducing characters and showing them in conflict, The Bomber Mafia is gripping. I enjoyed this short book thoroughly, and would have been happy if it had been twice as long." (The New York Times)

“An innovative audio book with music, sound effects and archival clips. Gladwell’s easy conversational style works well, and his admiration for the Bomber Mafia shines through.” (The Washington Post)

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Amazing!

I loved the immersive quality of this audiobook. It is different than any other audiobook I've listen too, and could put it down.

Malcolm please keep creating these types of audio books!

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Air War concepts that changed the world.

This was a revelation of the impact of the jet stream and the discovery of napalm on shortening WWII.

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Nice Surprise

Let me admit I’m a Gladwell fan - his books and podcasts have been faves of mine for a long time. This book did not disappoint - it walks the line between podcast and text and at first I thought it was the former and not the latter. As I proceeded through the story however I the novel emerged more so - less podcast if that makes sense. Regardless, the only bad thing about this novel was that it was not long enough and I wanted more - that’s it. Do yourself a favour and listen to this story - riveting history that is amazing and terrifying. Looking forward to his next novel.

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interesting, however not my favorite work from Malcolm Gladwell. Looking forward to his next book from his new publishing company.

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  • RS
  • 2021-05-19

A Short Story

An excellent story but very short. I'm confused whether I wanted more or felt cheated.

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RIPOFF

Definitely not worth the money. Really just a podcast and with many commercials! Podcast first then book by staff. Very disappointed

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Incredible Audio Production!

I’m always a fan of Gladwell but here he steps up his game even more with a killer audio presentation. I can’t wait for more.

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Great for a road trip

Hard to find book that appeals to both of us on a road trip, this filled the drive, kept us engaged and made for some interesting conversations.

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Loved it

Its Malcolm Gladwell if you read his books then I need not say more

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easy listen

great balance of history and entertainment, technology and philosophy. thoroughly enjoyed listening to the history unfold

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  • Dustin
  • 2021-04-28

Listen to the same story on his podcast for free

I've purchased and read every book Malcolm Gladwell has ever released. I'd probably rate all of them five stars.

This is basically a version of one of his Revisionist History podcast stories. I felt like I was just listening to the podcast. Yes there was more information in the book but not enough to justify purchasing the book. Listen to the podcast. It's free and damn near the same exact thing.

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  • Knutsson
  • 2021-04-30

Not Gladwell’s finest.

Just wished a pilot could have edited where the author stated the bombers NEEDED a very strong tail wind to get off the runway. However a strong head wind would be helpful.
Are there other mistakes or misunderstandings?
Still a huge fan of Gladwell’s work, just not this on so much.

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  • Charlie
  • 2021-04-27

Great story & love the format

The storytelling is great - typical Gladwell in that sense. If you like his other stuff, I'm sure you'll like this too. But, what really stands out is the audio presentation. Interviews from other people, music, and effects are mixed in appropriately - it's not distracting. These touches add to the story and provide subtle changes of pace that make the overall experience better. Not to oversell it - it has some notes of a good podcast, but it's well applied here. I actually listened to parts of this on a stereo system - that was overkill, but the fact that such an idea popped into my head might highlight how the sound on this work really ups the engagement.

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  • Amy
  • 2021-04-29

Excellent research, laid on a little thick

This book sounds like what I imagine a career military officer with advanced degrees in history and international relations sounds like if they tried to write about social psychology. It's a well-researched book which is worth reading; but he tends to beat a dead horse with a bit more drama than I feel is needed. Gladwell does an excellent job researching the key members of the bomber mafia, or those involved in bomber warfare. I've read dozens of books on these people and still learned something new.

This book also is presented more as an radio show from the 40's as opposed to an audiobook. Gladwell provides many sound effects, occasionally music, and on some level even interacts with the audience. It is impressive in that it really doesn't detract from the presentation. He primarily focuses his writing on the juxtaposition of two members of the USAAF, Generals Hansell and LeMay. These two have competing ideas on how to win the war with air power, as well as vastly different personalities. Gladwell examines these men, what drove them, and the implications of their actions from a moral viewpoint. It is fascinating, and if you've never discussed these topics before, this is a good introduction.

The only critique is that in the moral examination, I feel Gladwell "lays it on a little thick" (quoting from the book) in his comparison of Hansell to Jesus. There are also other minor exaggerations or hyperboles Gladwell uses to make points which are stretches of the truth and are not really necessary to add the drama he's trying to add.

Overall I do recommend the book, but understand it is more of a moral study as opposed to history or book on strategy. Given that the author is a social psychologist, that is appropriate.

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  • Baboo TH
  • 2021-05-07

This is a podcast and not a book

Interesting but would have been better if it was a book without all the special effects

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  • TheRedOne
  • 2021-05-17

it's a damned podcast

if I wanted to listen to a podcast, I would have listened to a podcast. what kind of audiobook has guests and interviews with them?

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  • Tclements
  • 2021-06-02

Great topic poor execution

I love the topic but was disappointed in the story. A few items were just wrong and made me question other items in the story. One that stood out was the claim that the B-29s needed a tailwind to takeoff heavy. In fact airplanes need headwinds to takeoff in a shorter distance. I really wanted to love it and maybe that caused my disappointment.

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  • John R. Burleson
  • 2021-05-03

Audiobook first!

This audiobook is truly unique. He started with an audiobook and then created a regular book. Because he reads his own work and it was created to be read aloud, it flows extremely well.

I really love the story, and I love his interpretation of a non-fiction series of events that isn’t talked about much. I enjoy his other works, but this is a nice departure and a great story to listen to. I burned through it in a couple days!

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  • John Shumate
  • 2021-04-29

Magnificent. As always.

Malcolm’s ability to put his finger exactly on the pulse of an issue, while tickling the noggin as he tells the story is truly fabulous.

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  • Vincent Muller
  • 2021-05-08

Revisionist Clap Trap

World War 2 was all Americas fault. We burned the Japanese because we could. Bulldung!

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