Napalm by Robert M. Neer
An American Biography

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Napalm was invented on Valentine’s Day 1942 at a secret Harvard war research laboratory. It created an inferno that killed over 87,500 people in Tokyo—more than died in the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki—and went on to incinerate 64 Japanese cities. The Bomb got the press, but napalm did the work. Robert Neer offers the first history.
 

About Robert M. Neer

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Robert M. Neer is an attorney and Core Lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University.Author's home: Cambridge, MA
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The book begins with the story of the iconic 1972 photograph of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl running naked down a road after being severely burned in a napalm attack. Readers expecting a polemic may be pleasantly surprised at this lucid account of the technical, political and ethical features of ...

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In this engrossing study, historian Neer recounts the prodigious youth and reviled old age of an iconic weapon. He follows the career of napalm—an incendiary jellied gasoline that sticks to everything

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The book begins with the story of the iconic 1972 photograph of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl running naked down a road after being severely burned in a napalm attack. Readers expecting a polemic may be pleasantly surprised at this lucid account of the technical, political and ethical features of ...

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Tampa Bay Times

In a chapter titled "American Kamikazes" Neer details the painstaking, expensive ($24 million in today's dollars) 1942 experiments involving a "plan to turn millions of bats into suicide bombers bearing tiny napalm time bombs" and to have them attack and burn Japanese cities.

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Irish Times

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” In a quote from the Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now Lieut Bill Kilgore, played by Robert Duvall, extols his love of the chemical weapon napalm.

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