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A TimesSunday Times Book of the Year'Powerfulthere is rage in his ink McKay's book grips by its passion and originality Some people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city I have never seen it better described' Max Hastings Sunday TimesIn February the Allies obliterated Dresden the 'Florence of the Elbe' Explosive bombs weighing over lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated people were killed Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already wonFrom the history of the city to the attack itself conveyed in a minute by minute account from the first of the flares to the flames reaching almost a mile high the wind so searingly hot that the lungs of those in its path were instantly scorched through the eerie period of reconstruction bestselling author Sinclair McKay creates a vast canvas and brings it alive with touching human detailAlong the way we encounter among many others across the city a Jewish woman who thought the English bombs had been sent from heaven novelist Kurt Vonnegut who wrote that the smouldering landscape was like walking on the surface of the moon and year old Winfried Bielss who having spent the evening ushering refugees wanted to get home to his stamp collection He was not to know that there was not enough timeImpeccably researched and deeply moving McKay uses never before seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and vividly conveys the texture of contemporary life Dresden is invoked as a byword for the illimitable cruelties of war but with the distance of time it is now possible to approach this subject with a much clearer gaze and with a keener interest in the sorts of lives that ordinary people lived and lost or tried to rebuildWriting with warmth and colour about morality in war the instinct for survival the gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory this is a master historian at work'Churchill said that if bombing cities was justified it was always repugnant Sinclair McKay has written a shrewd humane and balanced account of this most controversial target of the Anglo American strategic bombing campaign the ferocious conseuence of the scourge of Nazism' Allan Mallinson author of Fight to the Finish'Beautifully crafted elegiac compelling Dresden delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely eualled Authentic and authoritative a masterpiece of its genre' Damien Lewis author of Zero Six Bravo'CompellingSinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life' Keith Lowe author of Savage Continent'This is a brilliantly clear and fair account of one of the most notorious and destructive raids in the history aerial warfare From planning to execution the story is told by crucial participants and the victims who suffered so cruelly on the ground from the attack itself and its aftermath' Robert Fox author of We Were ThereA. Difficult subject that polarises opinions but this is an objective look at Dresden bombings and the politics that surrounds itIn today’s light it looks like overkill but at the time maybe the end did justify the means I don’t knowWhat is beyond doubt is the bravery of the crews knowing there was a strong chance they wouldn’t return In hindsight now their actions look tainted by the looking glass of history but that is an unfair judgement on the times they lived throughThey say history is written by the victor but ultimately this book is living proof that there were no real winners

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Dresden By Sinclair McKTimesSunday Times Book of the Year'Powerful there is rage in his ink McKay's book grips by its passion and originality Some people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city I have never seen it better described' Max Hastings Sunday TimesIn February the Allies obliterated Dresden the 'Florence of the Elbe' Explosive bombs weighing over lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated people were killed Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already wonFrom the history of the city to the attack itself conveyed in a minute by minute account from the first of the flares to the flames reaching almost a mile high the wind so searingly hot that the lungs of those in its path were instantly scorched through the eerie period of reconstruction bestselling author Sinclair McKay creates a vast canvas and brings it alive with touching human detailAlong the way we encounter among many others across the city a Jewish woman who thought the English bombs had been sent from heaven novelist Kurt Vonnegut who wrote that the smouldering landscape was like walking on the surface of the moon and year old Winfried Bielss who having spent the evening ushering refugees wanted to get home to his stamp collection He was not to know that there was not enough timeImpeccably researched and deeply moving McKay uses never before seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and vividly conveys the texture of contemporary life Dresden is invoked as a byword for the illimitable cruelties of war but with the distance of time it is now possible to approach this subject with a much clearer gaze and with a keener interest in the sorts of lives that ordinary people lived and lost or tried to rebuildWriting with warmth and colour about morality in war the instinct for survival the gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory this is a master historian at work'Churchill said that if bombing cities was justified it was always repugnant Sinclair McKay has written a shrewd humane and balanced account of this most controversial target of the Anglo American strategic bombing campaign the ferocious conseuence of the scourge of Nazism' Allan Mallinson author of Fight to the Finish'Beautifully crafted elegiac compelling Dresden delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely eualled Authentic and authoritative a masterpiece of its genre' Damien Lewis author of Zero Six Bravo'Compelling Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life' Keith Lowe author of Savage Continent'This is a brilliantly clear and fair account of one of the most notorious and destructive raids in the history aerial warfare From planning to execution the story is told by crucial participants and the victims who suffered so cruelly on the ground from the attack itself and its aftermath' Robert Fox author of We Were There. This well researched and balanced work is written with great empathy and sensitivity Dresden is placed within its historical and cultural context prior to the author giving an account of the bombing raids This account is largely based on information taken from individuals involved and therefore the whole horrific episode is given a very personal perspective The lives of individuals from various positions in Dresden society are sketched prior to and during the bombing and attention is also given to the airmen involved and their superiorsThis work deserves a wide readership

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SUMMARY Dresden By Sinclair McKay î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ó [KINDLE] ❅ Dresden By Sinclair McKay – Danpashley.co.uk A TimesSunday Times Book of the Year'Powerfulthere is rage in his ink McKay's book grips by its passion and originality Some 25000 people perished in the firestorm that raged through the cA TimesSunday Times Book of the Year'Powerful there is rage in his ink McKay's book grips by its passion and originality Some people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city I have never seen it better described' Max Hastings Sunday TimesIn February the Allies obliterated Dresden the 'Florence of the Elbe' Explosive bombs weighing over lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated people were killed Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already wonFrom the history of the city to the attack itself conveyed in a minute by minute account from the first of the flares to the flames reaching almost a mile high the wind so searingly hot that the lungs of those in its path were instantly scorched through the eerie period of reconstruction bestselling author Sinclair McKay creates a vast canvas and brings it alive with touching human detailAlong the way we encounter among many others across the city a Jewish woman who thought the English bombs had been sent from heaven novelist Kurt Vonnegut who wrote that the smouldering landscape was like walking on the surface of the moon and year old Winfried Bielss who having spent the evening ushering refugees wanted to get home to his stamp collection He was not to know that there was not enough timeImpeccably researched and deeply moving McKay uses never before seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and vividly conveys the texture of contemporary life Dresden is invoked as a byword for the illimitable cruelties of war but with the distance of time it is now possible to approach this subject with a much clearer gaze and with a keener interest in the sorts of lives that ordinary people lived and lost or tried to rebuildWriting with warmth and colour about morality in war the instinct for survival the gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory this is a master historian at work'Churchill said that if bombing cities was justified it was always repugnant Sinclair McKay has written a shrewd humane and balanced account of this most controversial target of the Anglo American strategic bombing campaign the ferocious conseuence of the scourge of Nazism' Allan Mallinson author of Fight to the Finish'Beautifully crafted elegiac compelling Dresden delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely eualled Authentic and authoritative a masterpiece of its genre' Damien Lewis author of Zero Six Bravo'Compelling Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life' Keith Lowe author of Savage Continent'This is a brilliantly clear and fair account of one of the most notorious and destructive raids in the history aerial warfare From planning to execution the story is told by crucial participants and the victims who suffered so cruelly on the ground from the attack itself and its aftermath' Robert Fox author of We Were Ther. Whether you agree or disagree with the Allied bombing of Dresden this book will help the reader to understand the reasons and subseuent ramifications of that decision as seen from the point of view of the politicians the servicemen and the civilians Clearly written and extremely well researched Dresden The Fire and the Darkness is certainly one of if not the best books on this subject Highly recommended