Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II by Ronald SchafferWings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II by Ronald Schaffer

Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II

byRonald Schaffer

Paperback | August 1, 1994

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World War II--"the good war"--is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached. More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or died and whether famous cities and great monuments of civilization survived or weredestroyed. It is about the bombing of Dresden and Berlin and of dozens of cities and towns all over Germany and about the preservation of Rome and Florence. It is about the incineration of Tokyo, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the sparing of one of Japan's most beautiful and holy places, the cityof Kyoto. Describing U.S. air raids that terrified inhabitants of enemy nations and citizens of enemy-occupied countries, it raises serious questions about the military and moral effects of American bombing. It also tells of American efforts to avoid killing civilians needlessly. Taking us behind the scenes at military headquarters, Schaffer shows that even the toughest warriors occasionally found themselves offering moral arguments for their actions, arguing that they were made right by enemy atrocities, by the justness of the Allied cause, and by the numbers of livesof American servicemen that Allied bombing might save.
Ronald Schaffer is a Professor of History at California State University at Northridge.
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Title:Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.07 × 5.39 × 0.63 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019505640X

ISBN - 13:9780195056402

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"Schaffer's book is a must addition to the historical review of WWII....[He] does an exquisite job of presenting the dilemmas faced by military and civilian leaders....The documentation is exhaustive and a worthy reference unto itself. I feel that this is one of the more treasured books of myWWII collection."--Kliatt