Richard Overy

The Case for the Prosecution

Among the Dead Cities


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This is unusual territory for an academic philosopher, but one that deserves exploration. Anthony Grayling has set out to answer squarely the awkward question, often posed but seldom clearly confronted, about whether the area bombing of German and Japanese cities in the Second World War was immoral or not (or, to use the conceptually ambiguous term employed here, a ‘moral crime’).

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