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on 14 June 2013
Full of fascinating detail of the bombing campaign and of his personal life. Good discussion of the shameful evasion by government of their part in the decision to conduct area bombing, and Harris' unapologetic defence of it.

Bomber Command lost 55,000 of its 125,000 aircrew - 25% of all killed in British Armed Forces. So the great affection Harris was held in by his former comrades indicates how remarkable a leader he must have been.

The bombing assault on Germany was critical for the winning of WWII, not just an important part. Nazis like Goebbels and Spier admitted to it. As Spier put it, '...this was the greatest lost battle on the German side. The losses from the retreats in Russia or from the surrender of Stalingrad were considerably less'.
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on 28 January 2013
This is well-written and researched and shows what a great war leader Harris was, looking after his air and ground crews throughout his long career. Rebuts the nonsense spouted by ignorant and biased newspaper columnists. Anyone with an interest in WW2, the RAF and aviation should have this book.
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on 17 November 2011
This book gave a good account of the man and what formed his thinking. Having lived through his time as C in C of bomber command I had always felt that he had been unfairly treated by much of the media. So often the individual given a job to do gets cast adrift when the results of that job are unpopular in some quarters. Dr Beeching is another such man.
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