AUTHORKnell, Hermann
TITLETo Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and Its Human Consequences in World War II
PUBLISHERDe Capo Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2003
ISBN0-306-81169-3


This book focuses on the effectiveness and consequences of wide area strategic bombing by all nations participating in World War II. It opens with the author’s personal account of the Allied bombings of Wurzburg, Germany, in March 1945, which led him to years of research on strategic bombing. The next section contains chapters on the history of strategic bombing beginning in World War I, its development between the world wars, and its use in World War II. A final section addresses the cultural, social, medical, psychological, ethical and legal consequences of conventional bombings. The work, which contains an extensive bibliography and footnotes, is useful in contrasting the use of conventional bombing with that of nuclear weapons.


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