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Livestream: Malcolm Gladwell on "The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War"

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EDT livestream

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Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday May 04, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Malcolm Gladwell, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Host, Revisionist History podcast; #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Opening and Closing Remarks: Kenneth S. Corts, Interim Dean; Academic Director, Lee-Chin Institute, Marcel Desautels Chair in Entrepreneurship; Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management
Topic: "The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War" (Little, Brown and Company, April 27 2021)
Venue:

On April 27, Rotman Events will email paid registrants the link to the livestream.

Location: Online
Cost: $39.00 + HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 HARDCOVER copy of "The Bomber Mafia" which will be shipped to customers after the session) OR $21.00 + HST per person (includes the link to the livestream and 1 AUDIOBOOK copy of "The Bomber Mafia" emailed to customers within 2 business days of the session via a third-party company).
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Please note: The stated registration fee for this event only applies to customers residing in Canada and the U.S.A. If you are registering for this livestream from outside of these countries, please contact events@rotman.utoronto.ca regarding your registration as shipping fees vary depending on your location. 

Please note: Audiobooks will be emailed to attendees from a third-party company, Pushkin Industries.

Book Synopsis: In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists, the “Bomber Mafia,” asked: What if precision bombing could cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal?  
 
In contrast, the bombing of Tokyo on the deadliest night of the war was the brainchild of General Curtis LeMay, whose brutal pragmatism and scorched-earth tactics in Japan cost thousands of civilian lives, but may have spared even more by averting a planned US invasion. In The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell asks, “Was it worth it?”
 
Things might have gone differently had LeMay’s predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, remained in charge. Hansell believed in precision bombing, but when he and Curtis LeMay squared off for a leadership handover in the jungles of Guam, LeMay emerged victorious, leading to the darkest night of World War II. The Bomber Mafia is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.

 

About Our Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Talking to StrangersDavid and GoliathOutliersBlink, and The Tipping Point. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers.

 

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Megan Murphy


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