A History of Bombing

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New Press, 2003 - History - 207 pages
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"On November 1, 1911, over the North African oasis Tagiura, Lieutenant Giulio Cavotti leaned out of the cockpit of his delicate aircraft and, dropping a Haasen hand grenade, initiated one of the twentieth century's most devastating military tactics: aerial bombing." "The bomb shatters history into hundreds of fragments scattered throughout time in this fascinating book from Sven Lindqvist, author of the acclaimed "Exterminate All the Brutes." More than just a history, it is an overview and interrogation of the cultural and political dimensions - and the devastating effects - of war from above. Forming a labyrinth of events that illustrates the genocidal fantasies underlying so much conflict and the devastation wrought by aerial bombing, A History of Bombing links the total war of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War with centuries-past colonial warfare." "Mining such diverse topics as military history and strategy, the evolution of international law, turn-of-the-century science fiction, and the civilian experience during wartime, Lindqvist has produced a rich meditation on the past and the future of human conflict."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

Having previously read Swedish author Sven Lindqvist's excellent and haunting travel/history book Exterminate All the Brutes, I have been eager to read this for a while now. My enthusiasm was only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eily - LibraryThing

A curious title, you might think but this book is essential if you want to understand war and the governments who wage it. This is no ordinary history book but a uniquely fascinating read from start ... Read full review

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