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Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II

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World War II--"the good war"--is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached.

More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or died and whether famous cities and great monuments of civilization survived or were destroyed. It is about the bombing of Dresden and Berlin and of dozens of cities and towns all over Germany and about the preservation of Rome and Florence. It is about the incineration of Tokyo, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the sparing of one of Japan's most beautiful and holy places, the city of Kyoto. Describing U.S. air raids that terrified inhabitants of enemy nations and citizens of enemy-occupied countries, it raises serious questions about the military and moral effects of American bombing. It also tells of American efforts to avoid killing civilians needlessly.

Taking us behind the scenes at military headquarters, Schaffer shows that even the toughest warriors occasionally found themselves offering moral arguments for their actions, arguing that they were made right by enemy atrocities, by the justness of the Allied cause, and by the numbers of lives of American servicemen that Allied bombing might save.

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This is a disturbing study of the strategy, outcome, and choices behind the American bombing policies of World War II. The author analyzes the explanation and moral arguments used by America's military leaders to justify the attacks on Dresden, Berlin and Hiroshima.

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Bibliography: p. 252-261.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195056402
Author:
Schaffer, Ronald
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ronald
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History, American | 1900-1945
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Oxford University Press paperback ed.
Series Volume:
no. 43
Publication Date:
19880931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
plates
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.38x5.60x.72 in. .83 lbs.

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