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Bomber Harris: The Authorized Biography Paperback – 1 Jan 1988


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722176589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722176580
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authorised biography of the man who lead Bomber Command during World War 2.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. King on 22 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Dudley Saward has written a blatant but necessary hagiography of his wartime C.O. Saward was a Group captain under Harris and a trusted staff officer with particular responsibility for the increasingly sophisticated electronic warfare measures carried by Bomber Command as the war progressed. So this was never going to be a wholly objective biography. In fairness there are many diatribes against Harris so anyone wanting to discover whether Harris was indeed the "butcher" is well advised to read this.
Britain needed men like Harris. When it looked as though our days were numbered he was the only man able to carry the fight back against Germany and this he did with the kind of ruthless and single minded determination required in desperate times. The effect and impact of relentless night bombing on the German psyche should not be underestimated, let alone its impact on war production (Speer's views are quoted throughout the book). Harris defended the objectives of his command with a rigour and confidence that earned him the admiration and respect (though perhaps not friendship) even of great men such as Eisenhower,and Saward defends Harris with equal passion.
It is easy to see the character of Harris through Saward's inclusion of lengthy correspondence between Harris and various other war leaders particularly Churchill. Harris comes across not as a team player but as a blunt and arrogant bombast with a penchant for what he would no doubt regard as wit but which on the written page is snide sarcasm. For page after hundreds of pages Harris seemingly puts no foot wrong in either his judgement or prediction of the course of the war.
So was he the "butcher" of Dresden? No of course not. Strategy is just that, and V2s still rained down on London while Dresden was being attacked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Crosland on 23 Aug. 2013
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I am always somewhat suspicious of "authorized" biographies as the are often biased. In this case, having read several other books on th subject I was quite impressed. The subject is a very controversial figure and in many ways I feel he has had a bad, and unjustified, press. In reality many of the accusations made against him simply don't stand up to close scrutiny. A very good read.
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By nasty52 on 18 Dec. 2013
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Excellent book, in excellent condition for second hand,we should have him in charge today.We need someone like him now cheers
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By Paul Souber on 25 Sept. 2014
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Good book
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THAT'S WHY THERE ARE WARS 7 Dec. 1999
By Botnik Roller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
That's why there are wars: the men at command, who gives the bloody orders, always find someone to carry on these orders with maximum effort. Arthur Harris was this guy, ruthlessly obeying the directives to Bomber Command during WW II, and enjoying every piece of his tasks (which was destroy German cities). A good book.
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Debunks the "Carpetbombing Cruel and Ineffective" Myth 30 Nov. 1999
By Jan Peczkis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Saward presents eye-opening evidence for the efficacy of Allied bombing in WWII. He proves that the lost productivity of a carpet-bombed city was much more significant than the lost productivity of a destroyed munitions factory (which was very difficult to hit anyway). Albert Speer makes this clear. Had Arthur Harris been listened to, perhaps Nazi Germany would have collapsed at least a year sooner than it did.
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