• 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

    Sunday Times
  • One of my favourite historians

    History Hit
  • 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

    Wall Street Journal
  • Masterful

    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

  • Extraordinary . . . a remarkably faithful account

    Guardian on The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
  • Painstakingly researched and fascinating

    Daily Mail on The Secret Listeners
  • Lucid, well-researched and rich in detail

    Daily Mail on The Spies of Winter
  • Fascinating, riveting, unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail

    Mail on Sunday on Mile End Murder
  • McKay brings that time vividly alive but he's also alive to the moral ambiguities

    Daily Mirror

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