The Bomber Mafia

The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell – 4/5 Stars

Read this if you:

· want an easy-to-consume non-fiction read
· are interested in the development of war strategies
· need some fun facts to share at your next dinner party


World War 2 was a time of technological advances in air strike capabilities. General Hansell Haywood tried to use this new technology to bring The Bomber Mafia’s dream of precision bombing into the war to limit casualties but when this didn’t work, he was replaced by General Curtis LeMay who would use any means to end the war as quickly as possible.

My Thoughts on the Book:

I really enjoyed Talking to Strangers so I was looking forward to this book but it was not quite what I expected. The writing was compelling, which is exactly what I was hoping for but the actual topic wasn’t quite up my alley.
I was expecting this to have some kind of sociological application to the “real world” but sort of found that it was more of a deep-dive into The Bomber Mafia, who they were, what they did, and who the other major players were in the Air Force battles of World War 2.
Overall I did still enjoy this one – I guess it just teaches me that sometimes you need to read the book synopsis before jumping in 😂

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