Among the Dead Cities

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

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In the course of WWII, the air forces of Britain and the United States of America carried out a massive bombing offensive against the cities of Germany and Japan, ending with the destruction of Hamburg and Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was it justified by the necessities of war? Or was it, in fact, a crime against humanity? This is now one of the last great remaining controversies of that time. And it matters, argues A. C. Grayling, 'that history is got right before it distorts into legend'. Among the Dead Cities is both a lucid and revealing work of modern history and an urgent moral investigation. Grayling 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 terriorism and bitter rivalries.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 36mm | 816g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • 0747576718
  • 9780747576716
  • 1,264,516

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Praise for A.C. Grayling 'Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse' Sunday Times 'Grayling writes with clarity, elegance and the occasional aphoristic twist, conscious of standing in that long essayistic tradition that runs from Montaigne and Bacon to Emerson and Thoreau' Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph
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About A. C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is one of Britain's leading intellectuals. Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a supernumerary fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, the multi-talented author of the best-selling The Meaning of Things, The Reason of Things and most recently The Mystery of Things, believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society, rather than withdrawing to the proverbial ivory tower. He is a regular contributor to The Times, the Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television, including CNN, Newsnight, the Today programme, In Our Time and Start the Week. He was a Man Booker judge in 2003, is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and an advisor on many committees ranging from Drug Testing at Work to human rights groups.
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"Praise for A. C. Grayling 'Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse'." (Sunday Times)
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272 ratings
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5 29% (78)
4 45% (122)
3 21% (57)
2 4% (11)
1 1% (4)
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