The Bomber Mafia is a case study in how dreams go awry. When some shiny new idea drops from the heavens, it does not land softly on our laps. It lands hard, on the ground, and shatters.
In the years before the world war, a small group of renegade pilots put forth a radical idea. What if we made bombing so accurate that wars could be fought entirely from the air-making brutal clashes between armies on the ground a thing of the past? This is the story of how that dream was put to the test. In a tale of innovation and obsession, Gladwell asks: what does it mean when technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war? And what is the price of progress?