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  • Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb
  • By: James M. Scott
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Black Snow

By: James M. Scott
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
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Summary

Seven minutes past midnight on March 10, 1945, nearly 300 American B-29s thundered into the skies over Tokyo. Their payloads of incendiaries ignited a firestorm that reached up to 2,800 degrees, liquefying asphalt and vaporizing thousands; sixteen square miles of the city were flattened and more than 100,000 men, women, and children were killed.

Black Snow is the story of this devastating operation, orchestrated by Major General Curtis LeMay, who famously remarked: "If we lose the war, we'll be tried as war criminals." James M. Scott reconstructs in granular detail that horrific night, and describes the development of the B-29, the capture of the Marianas for use as airfields, and the change in strategy from high-altitude daylight "precision" bombing to low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing. Most importantly, the raid represented a significant moral shift for America, marking the first time commanders deliberately targeted civilians—which helped pave the way for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki five months later.

Drawing on first-person interviews with American pilots and bombardiers and Japanese survivors, air force archives, and oral histories never before published in English, Scott delivers a harrowing and gripping account, and his most important and compelling work to date.

©2022 James M. Scott (P)2022 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Engrossing, terrifying and moving

The story of the fire bombing of Japan is one that is rarely told in the West, and stands as one of the most dramatic and awful episodes in history. Scott tells it without pulling punches or sign posting the moral to his reader. 80 years after the end of the war, all of us should look back and then forward and do all we can to avoid repeating the horrors of 1934-1945

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Really food

A well told tale, narrated brilliantly. The understanding all sides’ perspectives is astounding. I now appreciate the perspectives of all of Hansell, LeMay and the Japanese,

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  • Dr. Stevens C. Havard, Sr.
  • 16-09-22

Exceptional Book

Very well written. Keeps the reader interested throughout the book. L.J. Ganser excellent narration.

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  • steve
  • 21-11-22

Excellent book

The narration was well done
The author states the facts and the history without casting blame. You, the reader, are left to make your own decision. Well worth the time

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  • az-joe
  • 16-11-22

We forget way to fast

Just another WW2 historical book that should be read in the United States today. There is a reason they were called the greatest generation.

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  • anonymous
  • 24-10-22

Top notch!

Was not sure when purchased because it was a “new release” without many reviews but excellent in every respect. A history lesson + examples of decision making & leadership