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A fascinating "hyperlinked" history
on 9 June 2001
Sven Lindqvist has produced a fascinating presentation of a fearsome subject. He cleverly uses a technique usually associated with web browsing to draw themes across the time-line. The result is that he develops in the reader a depth of understanding which would not be possible in a traditional linear text. As I progressed through the book through its various access points, I knew exactly where I was in time and understood how that theme interacted with concurrent themes. None of this, of course, would be of value if Lindqvists writing failed to engross. His hypotheses on the real nature of bombing (based in part on his own personal experience) give the armchair viewer a real sense of the outrage of this facet of warfare.