I expected history leading up to the decision to carry out Destruction of Dresden and the tales of the pilots carrying out the task and maybe some survivors. I downloaded it to my I pod from audible.com. I didn't anticipate the book to go all the way back before WWI to talk about the airplane and politics of the different nations armed forces of their thoughts of the aircraft and it's role in the military. He went through pre WWI, WWI and the between years telling the thought of politicians & generals for and against on the role of the aircraft and a seperate military branch being developed(USA, GB, France, Germany) and the history of the main air power leaders / generals of USA, GB and Germany. After listening for aprox 3 hrs (Chapter 5) the book reaches WWII. I'm only giving it 3 stars do to I think he went too far back. But if you like to read history of politics you may like this part.
Dresden comes up on the second half of the down load. 5 hrs later. I'm just starting this section. He goes through the town in detail and the justification the politicians & commanders tell themselves to carry out the task to wipe out this town and other German towns as the war turns to allied favor. Main reasons were revenge of V-1 & V-2 attacks + bombing of Britain's general public. Then the military had to find reasons to attack the different towns - trains was part of Dresden reason + factories. Humanity side; the news of the mistreatment - slavery in the factories - holocaust to the rest of Jews.