During the Second World War, Allied air forces dropped nearly two million tons of bombs on Germany, destroying some 60 cities, killing more than half a million German citizens, and leaving 80,000 pilots dead. But the terrible truth is that much of the bombing was carried out against the expressed demands of the Allied military leadership, leading ...Read MoreDuring the Second World War, Allied air forces dropped nearly two million tons of bombs on Germany, destroying some 60 cities, killing more than half a million German citizens, and leaving 80,000 pilots dead. But the terrible truth is that much of the bombing was carried out against the expressed demands of the Allied military leadership, leading to the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Focusing on the crucial period from 1942 to 1945, "Fire and Fury" tells the story of the American and British bombing campaign through the eyes of those involved: the military and civilian command in America, Britain, and Germany, the aircrews in the skies who carried out their orders, and civilians on the ground who felt the fury of the Allied attacks. Here, for the first time, the story of the American and British air campaigns is told-and the cost accounted for.Read Less
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This is one of those books that I regret starting and look forward to getting through, hoping the author will redeem himself. In my mind with this book I am consoling myself with the thought that I only paid $2.25 for the book. Hansen lets the reader know from the start that he has a biased viewpoint by the first chapters description of the destruction of Hamburg, This chapter had one purpose - paint the bombing of cities as the horrible mass murder of women and childrennot a historical depiction of area bombing. The remainder of the book is full of more biased descriptions like this and misrepresentations of the bombing campaigns of the RAF and USAAF in Europe. Hansen is no historian and this book is a clear example of that. His conclusion that area bombing, while worth a try as a means to end the war, was proven useless after Hamburg is completely baseless. The only credit one can give him is for the extent of the research material he lists for writing this book. I gave Hansen 2 stars for spelling; only complete dolts deserve 1 star.
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