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Harvard University Press, Apr 1, 2013 - History - 352 pages
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Napalm was invented on Valentine’s Day 1942 at a secret Harvard war research laboratory. It created an inferno that killed over 87,500 people in Tokyo—more than died in the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki—and went on to incinerate 64 Japanese cities. The Bomb got the press, but napalm did the work. Robert Neer offers the first history.

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Review: Napalm: An American Biography

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

This book covers every possible thing you could want to know about napalm, from its creator, to its use, its victims, its bad reputation, its ban, America's reluctance to agree to that ban ... Read full review

Review: Napalm: An American Biography

User Review  - Chelsey Langland - Goodreads

The first half of this was four stars, easily. The creation of napalm, the humanization of the creator, and the ethics of the drops on Tokyo were page turners. It even held on through the VietNam ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Robert M. Neer is an attorney and Core Lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University.

Author's home: Cambridge, MA

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