Napalm : an American biography / Robert M. Neer.

By: Neer, Robert M, 1964-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (viii, 310 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780674075450; 0674075455Subject(s): Napalm -- History | Incendiary weapons -- History | Incendiary bombs -- Design and construction -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Napalm.DDC classification: 355.8/245 LOC classification: UG447.65 | .N44 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Prologue -- Hero -- Harvard's genius -- Anonymous research no. 4 -- American kamikazes: suicide bomber bats -- We'll fight mercilessly -- The American century -- Soldier -- Freedom's furnace -- Vietnam syndrome -- Seeing is believing -- Indicted -- Pariah -- Baby burners -- Trial of fire -- The third protocol -- Judgment day -- The weapon that dare not speak its name -- Epilogue: the whole world is watching.
Abstract: Robert Neer has written the first history of napalm, from its inaugural test on the Harvard College soccer field, to a Marine Corps plan to attack Japan with millions of bats armed with tiny napalm time bombs, to the reflections of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a girl who knew firsthand about its power and its morality.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Prologue -- Hero -- Harvard's genius -- Anonymous research no. 4 -- American kamikazes: suicide bomber bats -- We'll fight mercilessly -- The American century -- Soldier -- Freedom's furnace -- Vietnam syndrome -- Seeing is believing -- Indicted -- Pariah -- Baby burners -- Trial of fire -- The third protocol -- Judgment day -- The weapon that dare not speak its name -- Epilogue: the whole world is watching.

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Robert Neer has written the first history of napalm, from its inaugural test on the Harvard College soccer field, to a Marine Corps plan to attack Japan with millions of bats armed with tiny napalm time bombs, to the reflections of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a girl who knew firsthand about its power and its morality.

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This book begins with the discovery of the jellied gasoline incendiary called napalm and its devastating use in the Pacific and European theaters of WW II. Napalm flamethrowers played a key role in the fighting on the Pacific islands, and historian Neer (Columbia Univ.) argues that the use of napalm to create firestorms that killed millions in Japanese cities was as important as the atomic bombs in hastening the end of that war. During the Korean War, napalm again played a key combat role and was used to obliterate cities on the Korean peninsula. Throughout this period, there was little discussion of the morality of this weapon, despite its terrible effects upon civilians. This changed dramatically during the Vietnam War, when the death and horrible mutilation of Vietnamese children became a rallying point for the antiwar movement. This book is not a polemic. The author includes comments from those who defended the use of napalm, but the discussion of the effects on humans is not for the squeamish. The final third seems less focused, but overall this book provides an excellent history of the material that fueled so many Vietnam era protests. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. H. E. Pence emeritus, SUNY College at Oneonta

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NeerRobert M.: Robert M. Neer is an attorney and Core Lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University.

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