A History Of Bombing

Sven Lindqvist

Published: 2 February 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781847085016

Translated by Linda Haverty Rugg


On 1 November 1911, Lieutenant Cavarotti leaned out of the cockpit of his delicate aircraft and, holding a Haasen hand grenade, began one of the most devastating military tactics of the twentieth century: aerial bombing. This is but one of many points of entry Lindqvist presents in this innovative history. Structuring the book in a way that re-enacts the disruptions of history caused by the advent of the bomb, Lindqvist offers his readers a series of ways into and paths through this re-examination of a century of war. He turns his fresh, inquisitive eye and tireless moral sense on the fascinating histories behind the development of air power, bombs and the laws of war and international justice, demonstrating how the practices of two world wars were born of colonial warfare.

About the author

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Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932 and still lives there. He has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is the author of thirty books, including A History of Bombing, Exterminate All the Brutes and Desert Divers, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. More about the author


‘A passionate denunciation of genocide and of the brutality of European colonisation’



‘Fascinating and shocking in equal measure’ Hari Kunzru

‘He writes with infectious moral anger, and much humour, and intelligence’

‘I was powerfully affected by [this book], which feels, as we move into the era of drone warfare, compelling and morally urgent’ Hari Kunzru, Books of the Year

‘Ingenious and timely ... deserves to be read by all who wish to understand militarism in its many guises’ John Pilger

‘It is learned, yet concise; doom-laden, yet light. A sobering and important argument ... it is gripping stuff. Lindqvist has written an exceptionally good book’ Robert Winder

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