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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barrett Tillman Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whirlwind is the only book to examine in depth the human drama behind the most important bombing campaign in history. While the air war against Nazi Germany has been covered in-depth by many books, Barrett Tillman, a renowned authority on military aircraft and the air war in the Pacific, is the first to tackle the air war against Japan. For decades, historians and politicians have debated whether or not Japan was on the verge of surrender in August 1945-before the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tillman argues that for all the widespread death and suffering, the bombing of Japan remains a great example of air power's ability to end a long, bitter, and bloody war without invasion. Writing from the perspective of the aircrews and the generals and admirals who commanded them, Tillman examines all aspects of the human drama of the war, combining historical analyses with the words of survivors from both sides of the bomb. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • [An] ambitious and successful work. Publishers Weekly
  • “The story of how B-29’s and lesser aircraft ended the Pacific War is wonderfully told by Barrett Tillman.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[An] ambitious and successful work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Walking a fine line between passion and restraint, Foster delivers the words of those who did just that. It’s a complex performance. It works.”


  • “A blow-by-blow history of the Allied air offensive against Japan during World War II…Tightly focused, sure-footed military history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 1/13/2014

    " Focusing on the bombing campaign, Tillman gives insight into the methods and strategy used by the Army Air Corps B-29 squadrons in the Pacific war. Recommended to any WWII aviation enthusiast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Neil Adelman | 12/8/2013

    " Compelling read about the air war from start to finish. Good details and interesting side stories keep this book moving. It is not every detail but enough to make the reader understand what it all meant to the war effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 6/15/2013

    " A good history, lots of facts but not enough story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirk Bower | 3/2/2013

    " Interesting accounts of bombing raids which many times are in the shadow of the European campaign and the Enola Gay. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”