Bombs, Cities, and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II / Edition 1

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"Crane raises two very important questions in this well-researched and finely argued study—why did discussions on the atomic-bomb policy in 1944-1945 not focus on whether or not to use it, and second, to what extent can moral restraints be effective in war? He tackles these questions as an experienced army officer who understands the tactical and technological forces which drive operational decision-making in contrast to high policy emanating from the capital's politicians and military administrators."—Robin Higham, author of Air Power: A Concise History

"A carefully researched, thoroughly objective analysis of the moral dimensions of strategic bombardment."—I. B. Holley, Jr., author of General John Palmer, Citizen Soldiers and the Army

"Crane entered this study without the presumption of guilt so common among recent studies of strategic bombing. This book provides us with some much needed balance to our understanding of the moral dimensions of planning and conducting air operations in the support of our national policy."—David R. Mets, author of Master of Airpower: General Carl A. Spaatz

"Well researched and well written, this book makes excellent use of both primary and secondary sources. In the field of strategic bombing, it is comparable with the key books of the last decade: Schaffer, Sherry, and Overy."—Kenneth P. Werrell, author of The Evolution of the Cruise Missile

Author Biography: Conrad C. Crane is professor of history at the United States Military Academy and the author of American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611034
  • Publisher: Ingram Book Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms
1 Introduction 1
2 Developing Doctrine 12
3 Attitudes of Leaders and the Public 28
4 Attitudes and Perceptions of American Airmen 48
5 The Lure of Technological Innovation - Bombing Aids 63
6 The Lure of Technological Innovation - Better Bombs 78
7 The Lure of the Deathblow in Europe 93
8 Delivering the Deathblow to Germany 105
9 Torching Japan 120
10 Strategic Airpower in Limited Wars 143
11 Legacies 158
Appendix 163
Notes 165
Bibliography 189
Index 199
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