Among the Dead Cities: Was the Allied Bombing of Civilians in WWII a Necessity Or a Crime?

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Bloomsbury, 2006 - Bombardment - 361 pages
"Among the Dead Cities is both a lucid and revealing work of modern history and an urgent moral investigation. Grayling details the industrial nature of the area bombing in Germany, and also of the US bombing of Japan that culminated in the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He looks at the stands people took, both for and against, and crucially asks what are the lessons that we can learn for today about how people should behave in a world of tension and moral confusion, of terrorism and bitter rivalries." - inside front cover.

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Not perfect, but well worth reading. Among the Dead Cities is about the ethics of “area bombing” during WWII, including the USAAF bombings of Japanese cities but mostly focused on the RAF night bomber ... Read full review

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User Review  - thomasn528 - LibraryThing

A scrupulous and ultimately devastating indictment of the British RAF bombing campaign in Europe and the USAAF one in Japan during World War II. These so-called "area" or (at least in Grayling's book ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Anthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. Grayling was born and raised in Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). After moving to England in his teens, he spent three years at the University of Sussex, but said that although he applauded their intention to educate generalists, he wished to be a scholar, so in addition to his BA from Sussex, he also completed one in philosophy as a University of London external student. He went on to obtain an MA from Sussex, then attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was taught by P. F. Strawson and A. J. Ayer, obtaining his doctorate in 1981. He lectured in philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, before taking up a post in 1991 at Birkbeck, University of London, where in 1998 he became reader in philosophy.

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