The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Hardcover – 27 April 2021

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316296619
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316296618
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"Gripping... Gladwell is a wonderful storyteller... in [his] deft hands, the Air Force generals of World War II come back to life... I enjoyed this short book thoroughly, and would have been happy if it had been twice as long."--Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review

"[A] brilliantly told parable... As ever with Gladwell... the story boils down to people at moments of crisis... books and parables alike rely on their narrative as much as their message. And for a book that is not a war story, this one is brilliantly, brilliantly told."--James McConnachie, Sunday Times (UK)

"A riveting tale of persistence, obsession, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war... The Bomber Mafia looks at one of the greatest moral challenges of the Second World War."--Michael Lewis, Against the Rules

"A thought-provoking, accessible account of how people respond to difficult choices in difficult times... Gladwell's easy conversational style works well... and his admiration for the Bomber Mafia shines through. His portraits of individuals are compelling."--Diana Preston, Washington Post

"Malcolm Gladwell is a one-in-a-generation kind of writer... He has an uncanny way of finding the story within the story and pointing out the important lessons often hiding in plain sight."--Bryan Elliott,

"Truly compelling... written in New York Times bestseller Malcolm Gladwell's characteristic approachable, story-telling style."--Zibby Owens, Good Morning America

"A ruminative, anecdotal account of what led up to the deadliest air raid of WWII... Gladwell provides plenty of colorful details and poses intriguing questions about the morality of warfare... fans will savor the insights into 'how technology slips away from its intended path.'"--Publishers Weekly

"Excellent revisionist history... another Gladwell everything-you-thought-you-knew-was-wrong page-turner."--Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Talking to Strangers, David and Goliath, Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point. The Bomber Mafia began as episodes of his podcast, Revisionist History, and the production team behind that show also produced the audiobook edition. Gladwell is cofounder and president of Pushkin Industries, an audiobook and podcast production company. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York.

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