Oh dear, what changed your mind?
If there is anything better on WW2 Strategic bombing, Id be happy to receive pointers.
It's been a while, but as I recall I read the Normandy book and enjoyed its style, but then started digging into my files comparing things and kept running into disconnects. Then when I started the Bomber book it quickly began to read like a hagiography of Harris. He simply reminds me too much of John Mosier...a plausible sounding narrative, debunking supposed "myths", which gets thin as one starts to question the sources.
Meanwhile, I can't think of a single-volume history of the CBO that really works well, since the CBO can only be understood within the context of the war around it. You have to see the German side for instance, which means Eagle in Flames (and, really Phoenix Triumphant too). Davis' Bombing the Axis is a must, but dry. Middlebrook's Bomber Command War Diaries for the British side. Arthur Ferguson's "Origins of the Combined Bomber Offensive" in Craven and Cate II is essential. The original works of the USSBS and the BBSU are also valuable.
Edited by Rich, 06 September 2017 - 1058 AM.