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Pragmatic British government propagandists would exploit Coventry's perceived status as a "historic town", playing down the city's industrial reputation. This would prove to be a powerful tool, and, as Frederick Taylor shows, was instrumental in tipping public opinion in the then-neutral United States away from isolationism and in favor of help for Britain.
But the bombing would also set a dangerous and destructive precedent as Allied air forces would study the Germans' methods in the attack and ultimately employ similar tactics in their equally ruthless and destructive attacks on German cities, eventually leading to the bombings of Hamburg in 1943 and Dresden in 1945 that killed hundreds of thousands, mostly civilians.
On the 75th anniversary of the Coventry bombing, acclaimed historian Frederick Taylor brilliantly details this momentous act and analyzes its impact on World War II and the moral quandaries it still engenders about the nature of warfare.
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By Anonymous User on 02-22-18
Book fantastic, voiced well
Wonderfully written and researched book. Narrator very good but tries a little too hard with the accents when reading quotes; forcing a grating Birmingham accent for first hand accounts from Coventarians is tiring. That is however a minor fault - there is little to complain about, a great book.
By McC on 05-17-17
Great, ya know.
Nice. Highlights shame on us not showing off great industry, great output of equipment to fight the Nazis and strong under adversity. After shaping the modern world in war and peace the city should be given special recognition.