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With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War.
More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night. Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documnets, letters, diaries, and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has received many awards for his journalism and was knighted in 2002.
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By Robert on 10-11-14

Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking.

My favorite WWII book, second only to The Rise and Fall. I often fear getting into my car to hear the book, wondering what our poor lads will suffer tonight. And the most thoughtful and cogent analysis of area bombing you will EVER hear. I told my WWII POW father to NOT read this book. He will be right back there in the 15th AF flying over Poland and Hungary. Too real. Just awesome.

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By K Hunter on 05-02-16

A more effective recount of 1940s paperwork

I struggle slightly with this title. Large portions of the book felt cold and impersonal as the author quoted memorandum after memorandum in tedious detail. The personal stories of tribulation and courage where too few and far between, and the pain and suffering of war was relegated to almost a footnote.

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By petitbilbo on 11-25-15

First of a long series of truly exceptional books

This is an exceptionally well written account of British bombing of Germany during WW 2, in Hasting's own style.
One truly awe inspiring part is the detailed story of a bombing as experienced by its victims.
Highly recommended.

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By Andy T on 05-24-15

Changed my thinking

This was beautifully written and narrated, telling sometimes harrowing stories with compassion and accuracy. Unlike many histories, this worked as a story in its own right. Well worth listening to.

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By Adam on 02-28-16

Very detailed account of bomber command

an excellently researched account of bomber command. The book contains a good balance of first hand accounts and historical facts with the main protagonist views covered in detail.

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