The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945
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"Disturbing and compelling in equal measure. Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life."
--Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent and The Fear and the Freedom
"A full and powerful account of warfare that ignored the distinction between military and civilian objectives."
"There have been many books on the bombing of Dresden . . . but Sinclair McKay's account is a worthy addition. Eschewing easy moralising, he prefers to reflect on Dresden's intensely moving annual ceremony of remembrance and the episode's place in collective memory. Above all, he rejoices in the modern city's resurrection." --The Economist
"Engrossing . . . well-researched, powerfully written, and balanced. For all interested in military history and World War II." --Library Journal (starred review)
"McKay's extensive research and animated prose capture the terror and tragedy of the bombing. Readers won't soon forget this devastating account." --Publishers Weekly
"Mr. McKay's rich narrative and descriptive gifts provide us with an elegant yet unflinching account of that terrible night... to be recommended as a very readable and finely crafted addition to the literature on one of modern history's most morally fraught military operations." --Wall Street Journal