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Firestorm [Kindle Edition]

Paul Ham
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The Allied air war against German and Japanese civilians was the greatest mass slaughter of non-combatants in military history.

It was premeditated, planned and executed with callous indifference to the suffering on the ground.

And, seven decades later, it remains one of the most bitterly controversial aspects of the Second World War.

The strategy grew out of new military thinking -- that ‘strategic bombing’ of homes and civilians would crush the spirit of the enemy to resist, and so shorten the war on the ground.

This ‘experiment’, as Bomber Harris, of British Bomber Command, described it, continued for months – killing 100,000 people in single nights of slaughter in Dresden and Tokyo.

But what did ‘terror bombing’ actually achieve?

Did it break the Japanese and German regimes?

In this graphic account, Paul Ham examines the truth about the air war in 1944 and 1945.

'Firestorm' is based on an edited extract from 'Hiroshima Nagasaki', the complete history of the atomic bomb by Paul Ham, published by HarperCollins Publishers.

Paul Ham's work has been widely praised.

"[A] vivid, comprehensive and quietly furious account...Paul Ham brings new tools to the job, unearthing fresh evidence of a deeply disturbing sort. He has a magpie eye for the telling detail" - Ben Macintyre The Times.

"We are in Paul Ham's debt for showing that it is unjustifiable to consider ever again dropping an atomic bomb...Comprehensive and horrifying" - Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review.

"Provocative and challenging, Paul Ham's book strips away the cosy myth that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War...A voice that is both vigorous and passionate" - Christopher Sylvester, Daily Express.

"Controversial...Well documented and stringently argued" - Peter Lewis, Daily Mail.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (3 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DRC49YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a eyeopener 3 Sep 2013
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The facts and figures are truly breathtaking. The gap between politician and soldier still remains today. This is a good read reminding us how cruel the human race can be and the resilience of those at the receiving end of the bombs.
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Firestorm is an edited extract from Hiroshima Nagasaki, Ham's complete history of the atomic bomb published by Harper Collins in Australia and Random House in Britain. This extract is published by Endeavor Press in the UK.

Paul Ham has received praise for his book, and the publicity has focused on the more controversial aspects of his analysis. I found the extract to be a balanced account of how the Allied bombing campaign failed to live up to its pre-war expectations. He then shows how the campaigns in Europe and the Pacific Rim were modified to take this into account, but technology lagged behind in producing the effects needed. A short and satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended quick read 13 Aug 2013
By AlexO'B
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This book was flagged up on a publisher promotion. Downloaded it for free. Ham knows his stuff and is able to pack in both elements of the human and military aspects to the bombing campaigns of the Second World War. Would have loved book to be longer and more in-depth, but there are plenty of other books on the market for that (am looking forward to Richard Overy's forthcoming tome). Recommended quick read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but engaging... 13 Aug 2013
By Sash88
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Short but engaging essay on facts and arguments behind civilian bombing campaigns. Paul Ham doesn't necessarily tell us anything new, but this book is well researched and well written. Should be of interest to both students and military history enthusiasts alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I found this book disappointing. 6 Sep 2013
By Donal Wiese - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was billed as being about the firebombing of Japan, in which only one incident was mentioned. It read more as a introduction to the authors book on the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and had at least one notation asking someone to look up the citation and at least one error in regards to factual evidence. All in all, a underwhelming read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuel For Regret 31 Jan 2014
By Karen J. Dahood - Published on Amazon.com
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The much-discussed Blitz was nothing compared to what we and our allies did to Germany and Japan in WW II, bombing people out of their homes deliberately, to make them put pressure on their leaders to surrender. Paul Ham is a powerful antiwar writer -- and a historian, not a polemical ranter, although he shows where his passions lay. This economically written treatise will open eyes and perhaps minds to a deeper understanding of what causes wars. It stayed foremost in my mind as I explored exhibits in the London Portrait gallery this week, with so many huge canvasses showing the British warlords. Decorated. Smiling. Unbelievable!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but engaging... 13 Aug 2013
By Sash88 - Published on Amazon.com
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Short but engaging essay on facts and arguments behind civilian bombing campaigns. Paul Ham doesn't necessarily tell us anything new, but this book is well researched and well written. Should be of interest to both students and military history enthusiasts alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Paul Ham 18 Feb 2014
By Gary L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Ham born in 1960 has no idea of what it was like to live the war! I would challenge him to interview my Uncle who walked the Bataan death march along with thousands of civilians (The Japanese did not have to do what they did) Ask my father who was on Saipan, Okinawa and a half dozen unnamed islands at 19 years of age, fighting against a nation in which the mind set was to kill the enemy and die with honor. To wonder and speculate history you have to wonder the opposite effect of what if we did not use the bomb and the war went on 5-7 years and casulies were 15 million Japanese civilians. wonder if the Japanese or Germans had developed the bomb first and used it. Ham would not be alive to write his book.
Okinawa was the guage of the main island battle. Check the number of lives lost and how they died, military on both sides and especially civilians by the Japanese.
All the Japanese had to say just once was "We surrender uncondionally" They did not start the war with the plan of losing it.
incendiary bombing for months and two bombs still took a week for them to decide on a split vote with the Emperor saying surrender. One vote either way and the war would have continued. Read books on the other side of the question
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