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Reviews

  • Powerful . . . there is rage in his ink. McKay's book grips by its passion and originality. Some 25,000 people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city. I have never seen it better described

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • 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 consequence 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 equalled. 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
  • One of my favourite historians

    Dan Snow, History Hit
  • 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
  • McKay's rich narrative and descriptive gifts provide us with an elegant yet unflinching account of that terrible night . . . a very readable and finely crafted addition to the literature on one of modern history's most morally fraught military operations

    Frederick Taylor, Wall Street Journal
  • Masterful

    Simon Griffith, Mail on Sunday
  • Along with much affecting human detail, I particularly like the way it contextualises the city's obliteration with scenes from Dresden's rich history

    Bookseller
  • Extraordinary . . . a remarkably faithful account

    Guardian on The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

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