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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241535868
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $40.00

The Bomber Mafia

A Story Set in War

A riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war, from the international bestselling author of Talking to Strangers and host of the award-winning podcast Revisionist History

Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists had a different view. This "Bomber Mafia" asked: What if precision bombing could, just by taking out critical choke points - industrial or transportation hubs - cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal? In The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell delves deep into questions of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241535868
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $40.00

About the author

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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Praise for The Bomber Mafia

A parable written for the age of technological disruption . . . brilliantly told

James McConnachie, Sunday Times

Unexpected empathy . . . fabulistic energy


Lively, engaging . . . a fascinating story

Gerard DeGroot, The Times

Gripping . . . in Gladwell's deft hands, the Air Force generals of World War II come back to life as the stirring 20th-century equivalent of Adm. Horatio Nelson and his band of audacious captains from the age of fighting sail . . . Gladwell is a wonderful storyteller

Thomas E. Ricks, The New York Times

A thought-provoking, accessible account of how people respond to difficult choices in difficult times . . . Gladwell's easy conversational style works well . . . his portraits of individuals are compelling

Diana Preston, Washington Post

Riveting . . .The Bomber Mafia looks at one of the greatest moral challenges of the Second World War

Michael Lewis, author of The Fifth Risk

Impassioned . . . engagingly written

Saul David, Telegraph

Told with the muscular, driving narrative and fizzingly charismatic (real-life) characters of a movie

Ed Grenby, Radio Times

Remarkable . . . a work of art . . . one puts this book down shaking one's head at the folly and human cost of it all

Paul Kennedy, Wall Street Journal

Important and characteristically readable . . . Gladwell is possibly the most confident storyteller in non-fiction. He always knows exactly where he is going, and he takes you with him in pleasure and comfort.

Simon Kuper, New Statesman

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