AUTHORWerrell, Kenneth P.
TITLEBlankets of Fire: U.S. Bombers Over Japan During WWII
PUBLISHERSmithsonian Institution Press
CITYWashington, D.C.

Part of the Smithsonian History of Aviation Series, this book documents and analyzes the history of American strategic bombing during World War II, especially in Japan. Werrell examines “the goals of the American airmen, the weapons employed, the tactics used, and the B-29 operations and their effect” (preface). Most of the book deals with the conventional bombing of Japan; however, the final two chapters describe the end of the war and the use of the atomic bombs. The author questions the decision to use these weapons of mass destruction and also questions the success of the United States’ use of strategic bombing overall. The book includes extensive notes and some statistics on the Twentieth Air Force.

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