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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241389683
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $45.00
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Dresden

The Fire and the Darkness




The bestselling historian's gripping account of the Allied bombing of Dresden for the 75th anniversary

In February 1945 the Allies obliterated Dresden, the 'Florence of the Elbe'. Explosive bombs weighing over 1,000 lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. Was Dresden a legitimate military target or was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already won?

From 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 detail.

Along the way we encounter, among many others across the city, an elderly air-raid warden and his wife vainly striving to keep order amid devouring flames, a doctor who carried on operating while his home was in ruins, novelist Kurt Vonnegut who never thought that his own side might want to unleash the roaring fire, and fifteen-year-old Winfried Bielss, who, having spent the evening ushering refugees, wanted to get home to his stamp collection.

Impeccably researched and deeply moving, McKay uses never-before-seen sources to relate the untold stories of civilians and the military. This is a master historian at work.

  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241389683
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $45.00
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