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Tillman, who has written many books on WWII aviation, scales from histories of particular types of warplane up to, in this volume, a history of an entire air war. Spanning the American air campaign against the Japanese home islands, which began with the famous Doolittle Raid of April 1942 and concluded with several conventional attacks mounted after the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Tillman centers on the B-29 bomber as the war-winning weapon. Hampered by technical problems in development, the plane’s effectiveness was also limited by its initial basing in India and China and its operators’ doctrinal fixation on high-altitude “precision” bombing. As Tillman recounts, only when based in the Mariana Islands and commanded by a general (of whom Tillman is a biographer, LeMay,2005) who firebombed enemy cities from low altitude did the B-29 vindicate its fearsome potential. Also recounting attacks by American carrier aircraft and the atomic bombings, Tillman tenders his verdicts on controversies about their strategic utility or justification, and embeds combat experiences in a narrative sure to engross WWII readers. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Sweeping and authoritative, Barrett Tillman's "Whirlwind "puts the reader in the cockpit as Allied and Japanese airmen battle to the death in the broad skies of the Pacific, but never loses sight of the larger strategic issues and perspectives of the war, nor of the human cost that it extracted." --Richard Hallion, former chief historian of the U.S. Air Force
"Barrett Tillman's "Whirlwind" is a concise, rigorous and authoritative miracle of military history. It's also a great read. I couldn't put it down." --Stephen Hunter, author of "I, Sniper" and "The 47th Samurai"
"Whirlwind" is the most authoritative account ever of the terrifying American air war against Japan, which both forced Tokyo's surrender and saved countless lives in the long run. This powerful book should put an end to the misguided moralizing to the contrary." --Andrew Nagorski, author of "The Greatest Battle
"""Whirlwind" has the critical elements to separate it from the pack of cockpit and command aviation histories: it is vivid, lucid and human. But it is something much more: it provides the essential foundation for the examination of the impact of conventional airpower as a fundamental cause of Japan's surrender." --Richard B. Frank, author of "Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire"
"A sparkling tale of one of the most fascinating battlefronts of World War II. Tillman pulls together the aerial battles, planning sessions, kills and sacrifices into a coherent narrative that will leave readers pondering the fate of nations and individuals in war, when the call is often to perform the impossible and the call is met with surprising frequency." --Robert W. Merry, author of "A Country of Vast Designs"
"This is a story of great heroism and of technological triumph on a grand scale--the building of the B-29 alone is worth a book--and of the vindication of air power as the ultimate weapon of war. "Whirlwind" isfSee all Editorial Reviews
Barrett Tillman is a masterful teller of facts. If you have an interest in this history, you will find this book full of good information, well told in a comprehensible manner. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Capt Bob
This book is as much an homage to the B29 as it is a credit to the heroic ground and aircrew who brought the war back to the Japanese homeland in a way they could not have imagined... Read morePublished 25 days ago by M. I. Smith
A book that demonstrates the ultimate success of strategic bombing of Japan. Also, why the atomic bombings were necessary and justified.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Mark Brooks
Well researched book with good descriptions of the key actions/situations and good analysis of the effects of these on the war situation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Blue
If you are looking for a quick, interesting read sprinkled with anecdotes, then this is a good start. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Will Orr