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  • Hardcover: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (20 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025152
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 5.2 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: The Bombers and the Bombed( Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: RichardJ.Overy <>Publisher: Viking

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945 is a very fascinating account of the concerted Allied air attacks over Europe during the World War II. The author Richard Overy, who is the author of The Twilight Years, discusses in detail the massive air raids pointing out that it amounted to bombing friends and enemies alike, questioning if its objective was met.

The book contains six detailed chapters, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Bomber Command 1939 - 1942, The Casablanca Offensive: The Allies Over Germany 1943 - 1944, The "Battle of Germany" 1944 -1945, The Logic of Total War: German Society Under the Bombs, Italy: The War of Bombs and Words, Bombing Friends, Bombing Enemies: Germany's New Order.

While the book in itself is insightful, I am particularly fascinated by the epilogue Lessons Learned and Not Learned: Bombing into the Postwar World. Richard Overy's perceptive and shrewd understanding is a delightful lesson in history which must be read. The Preface, Notes, Maps, Prologue all make a fine addition to a better understanding of the contents of the book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allan on 11 July 2014
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This is an abridged version of the UK version. Buy the UK version.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By de M family on 21 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very comprehensive account of this controversial and sensitive issue from all sides in the conflict which I found I was not able to discuss with my grandparents who lived through this era
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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Not the same book published in England 24 Feb 2014
By am52user - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The U.S. edition of this book is significantly different from the first edition published in England. It's missing the first four chapters and Chapter 10. It also appears to have split Chapter 6 in the UK edition into two chapters. Why? The UK edition has 880 pages, the US edition 592 pages. Shame on Viking Press. Buy the English edition and shun this one.
91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
Not the full book 24 Feb 2014
By Gary B Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The American edition of this book drops several chapters from the UK edition and is hundreds of pages shorter. I would buy the UK edition.
56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
The Allied part of the story 28 Feb 2014
By Chris Sterling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Two things are important here: (1) Richard Overy is a (indeed, probably THE) consummate historian of the air war of 1939-45; and (2) this American edition is 300 pages shorter than the original British publication. Overy marshals an amazing amount of information from all sides, melding it into perhaps the best assessment of what was claimed by the RAF and USAAF, what worked--and what did not. There is no other better source for that story.

So why only three stars? Because the American publisher made an inexplicable decision to eliminate fully a third of the original book! Published as THE BOMBING WAR: EUROPE 1939-45 by Allen Lane (Penguin) in Britain in 2013, Overy's intent was to cover BOTH the German use of bombing against Britain, as well as the Allied air campaigns, first by the RAF and later the Combined Operation of both Allied air forces. He drew invaluable comparisons of the two efforts. But the entire first part of the original book (dealing with German's attack on Britain) is totally missing in action here.

So what to do? If your interest centers on the Allied campaign, buy this edition. But if you want the fuller story that assesses how Germany lost the "first" air war of 1939-41 (and its later 1944-45 attempts), and then compares and critiques the efforts of both sides, purchase the (pricier) English edition. In any case, you don't need both!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Expertly Presented and Highly Engaging New History by WWII Scholar 21 Feb 2014
By SanFran JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent study of the bombing campaign in Europe during the Second World War that is presented with Professor Richard Overy's usual brilliance, insight, and engaging style. Overy has spent a lifetime studying the war and his book, Why the Allies Won, has become a classic reference since its first publication 25 years ago. Making use of records and documents previously unavailable in the East, he has written another important work that includes fresh information as well insightful interpretations of events. A crucial aspect of the text is the focus upon not only those in command and strategic thinking, but the response of the German leaders and the impact the campaign had on the ground. However, the human story of those who carried out the missions on the Allied and German sides, the defenders on the ground and in the air, and the civilian populations is given equal weight and in no way overlooked. The ultimate conclusions regarding certain aspects of the air war as well specific results are eye-opening, well informed, and essential to an intelligent grasp of the what this part of the war played in Axis efforts and Allied success as one looks back after 70 years. This is a significant contribution to the study of World War II and belongs in the library of any serious student of the subject. Overy writing is engaging, never dry, and he brings humanity and life to his primary task as one of the most respected historians teaching and writing about the war.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
THIS IS AN INSIGHTFUL BOOK! 21 Feb 2014
By the GreatReads! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945 is a very fascinating account of the concerted Allied air attacks over Europe during the World War II. The author Richard Overy, who is the author of The Twilight Years, discusses in detail the massive air raids pointing out that it amounted to bombing friends and enemies alike, questioning if its objective was met.

The book contains six detailed chapters, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Bomber Command 1939 - 1942, The Casablanca Offensive: The Allies Over Germany 1943 - 1944, The "Battle of Germany" 1944 -1945, The Logic of Total War: German Society Under the Bombs, Italy: The War of Bombs and Words, Bombing Friends, Bombing Enemies: Germany's New Order.

While the book in itself is insightful, I am particularly fascinated by the epilogue Lessons Learned and Not Learned: Bombing into the Postwar World. Richard Overy's perceptive and shrewd understanding is a delightful lesson in history which must be read. The Preface, Notes, Maps, Prologue all make a fine addition to a better understanding of the contents of the book.
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