Using a narrative approach, Fire & Fury tells the story of the American and British bombing campaign over Germany during World War II. It is the only book on the market that provides a narrative history of both the British and American campaigns. Using a fast-paced narrative, the book looks at the campaign through the eyes of those involved: military and civilian command in America, Britain and Germany (Henry Arnold, Carl Spaatz, Ira Eaker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Portal, Winston Churchill, Arthur Harris, Albert Speer, and others), aircrew in the sky, and civilians on the ground. It shows how the US campaign, which was driven by a particularly American fusion of optimism and morality, played an important and largely unrecognized role in delivering Allied victory. The book offers a critical yet balanced view of Bomber Command and Arthur Harris, highlighting their accomplishments and refusing the shy away from Harris’ faults. It thus avoids both the extremes of denunciation and apology that characterize most books about Harris.
Randall Hansen is Director of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Chair in Politics at the University of Toronto. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Nuffield College, a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, and a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College Oxford, where he ran the PPE school. He has held visiting fellowships at UCLA, the Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po), Paris, the Humboldt University, Berlin and Trinity College, Dublin.
He is author of Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the Last Year of World War II (Faber, Doubleday, OUP), which ...
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