Study Guide

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 9, Section 5

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 9, Section 5

  • Among the books Lily brings Rumfoord is The Destruction of Dresden, by David Irving.
  • In it, Ira C. Eakerz, an Air Force General, makes a case for the necessity of firebombing Dresden.
  • British Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby writes that it was not necessary, but that it happened, as these things sometimes do in wartime. What is immoral is war itself.
  • Billy mutters about Cody, Wyoming, and Wild Bob in his sleep.
  • Lily shudders.