In his new book, Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb, James M. Scott breaks down the journey of the USAAF to the use of Napalm on the populace of Japan and, eventually, the Atomic Bomb, in a way that is knowledgeable, sensitive and shocking. Reading the experience of the Japanese civilians on the ground in the early hours of the 10th March 1945 literally moved me to tears on the train to work.
It was a delight to chat with James about the book, and his research and I hope you find our discussion as fascinating as I did.
One note about the audio: Riverside, the app I use to record with my guests, randomly switched mics on me, so my audio isn’t what I hoped it would be. Thankfully, James sounds great.
James’ website can be found at: http://jamesmscott.com/
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Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb is published in the USA by Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. and is released on Tuesday 6th September 2022.
In the UK, Black Snow is published by WW Norton & Co and is released on Tuesday 8th November 2022 and you can pre-order it through the Boney Abroad Podcasts Bookshop on the link below. 10% of every sale goes to supporting the podcast and Bookshop.org will donate to help independent bookshops in the UK too. Pre-Order Here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/11015/9781324002994
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