Book Review: ‘The Bomber Mafia’ by Malcolm Gladwell

About the Book

The Bomber Mafia – A story set in war by Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM is an English-born Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. Author of many best-selling books such as: Talking to Strangers, David and Goliath, What the Dog Saw, Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point.

The back cover offers critics comments, from The Observer – ‘He has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure’, and The Times – ‘Dazzling…Gladwell is a rock star of non-fiction, and finally Guardian – ‘One of the most imaginative non-fiction writers of his generation’.

I loved reading all things MG because he is able to provide an insight that makes you stop, think and say, ‘Really? No. Wow!’.

This book was £20 and has about 240 pages. The Bomber Mafia  contains around 60,000 words. It will take the average reader about 4 hours to read, with 60% comprehension.

If you think that this is going to be a boring war story, you are wrong. If you think it’s all about the military you are wrong. It is a story, that unfolds page by page sharing with us the thinking of great men, and how they won and lost their own battles.

From the insight that ball-bearings were the potential key to ending the war to the analogy of a bomber trying to hit a trash can with a coke can travelling at 100 miles per hour, to the discovery of the jetstream. Malcolm peels the onion enthralling you with the details.

You can feel the journey Malcolm has been on to discover these journeys and the painstaking way he has taken to tell us the facts in such a way that we live it with him.

Front cover of The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

Final Thoughts

Another sizzler from Mr Gladwell. The back cover is well deserved and I cannot wait for another story to land on my desk. Plus, this was welcome news from Obama…

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