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Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940

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Churchill called it his nationand#8217;s greatest trial and its finest hour. Europe had fallen to Hitler and Britain stood alone. Determined to bomb the English into submission, the German Luftwaffe attacked London nearly every night, targeting the and#147;Square Mile,and#8221; the heart of the city and the site of some of its greatest landmarks. In this gripping historical narrative, Margaret Gaskin puts the reader into the middle of the Blitz, its horror and its heroism, by vividly reconstructing the night that Hitler tried to burn the city to the groundand#151;the night that one of the warand#8217;s most haunting photographs was taken, showing St. Pauland#8217;s still standing amid burning ruins. Stunningly vivid and compelling, Blitz uses the voices of those on whom the bombshells felland#151;the ordinary and the famous, including Edward R. Murrow and FDRand#151;to tell the story as it has never before been told.

Review:

"In her debut nonfiction account, British historian Gaskin spotlights the heart of London on the night of December 29, 1940, when Adolf Hitler tried to convince Britain the war was lost by burning London to the ground. Gaskin draws on published and unpublished interviews, letters, diaries and memoirs to reconstruct that night from the words of those who experienced it. Observers like American correspondent Edward R. Murrow, BBC announcers and Fleet Street journalists, played their parts, as did RAF fighter pilots and army antiaircraft crews. But the heart and soul of Gaskin's story comes from the ordinary Londoners who endured the raid in improvised shelters, defying prognostications of mass panic, and those who took to the streets, fighting fires, driving ambulances and rescuing survivors. Air raid defense was still in the stage of improvisation, and its men and women learned-and died-on the job. From the recollections of one terrifying night of the London Blitz, Gaskin fashions a refreshing, dramatic narrative that brings to life a city's wartime heroism and stoicism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Bloxham no doubt would gag at a book like 'Blitz,' in which Margaret Gaskin valorizes the desperate struggle to save St. Paul's Cathedral and other architectural treasures from Nazi incendiary bombs. St. Paul's survived, but several Christopher Wren churches were gutted that night, along with London's medieval Guildhall and the attic in which Samuel Johnson composed his 'Dictionary.' To create her... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

As she conducted research for a completely different story in her own town, London journalist Gaskin kept running into the date, and finally realized that before she could continue, she had to reconstruct that one night of German bombing in one square mile of London. She draws on news reports, letters, memoirs, and other sources to discuss the personal as well as military aspects. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

MARGARET GASKIN studied history at Queen Mary College in London's East End. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: and#147;Like the curtain of a theatre . . . ,and#8221;

PRELUDE

and#160;1and#160;and#147;Very Well, Alone,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;2and#160;and#147;Obdurate and cocky,and#8221;

and#160;3and#160;and#147;Practically no talk of horrors at all,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;4and#160;and#147;Old man of the tribe,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;5and#160;and#147;A leaning towards acrobatics,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;6and#160;and#147;Two opposing worlds,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;7and#160;and#147;Things had been wonderful,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;8and#160;and#147;You would not mind London at all now,and#8221;and#160;

and#160;9and#160;and#147;The Typhoid Marys,and#8221;

FUGUE

10and#160;and#147;Boots on the lawn, boots on the wide stone stair,and#8221;

11and#160;and#147;Goodnight Children, Everywhere!,and#8221;

12and#160;and#147;Early English louts,and#8221;

13and#160;and#147;Great sound waves washing over the city,and#8221;

14and#160;and#147;It is going to be a warm night,and#8221;

15and#160;and#147;As light as day,and#8221;

16and#160;and#147;Burnt off like weed patches from the air,and#8221;

17and#160;and#147;Blackwall Tunnel only, mate,and#8221;

18and#160;and#147;St. Pauland#8217;s must be saved at all costs,and#8221;

19and#160;and#147;A ghostly pilgrimage,and#8221;

20and#160;and#147;Like a sprig of holly on top of a Christmas pudding,and#8221;

21and#160;and#147;Many fires about tonight, old boy?,and#8221;

22and#160;and#147;The most beautiful thing I have ever seen,and#8221;

CHORALE

23 and#147;Poor old London,and#8221;

24 and#147;Letand#8217;s not look back too much,and#8221;

CODA

Envoi: and#147;This is what weand#8217;ve been fighting for,and#8221;

APPENDIX A: The and#147;Arsenal of Democracy,and#8221;

APPENDIX B: What Remains Behind,

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits/County of London Map/

City Endpaper Map Index

Select Bibliography

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151014040
Subtitle:
The Story of December 29, 1940
Author:
Gaskin, Margaret
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
London (England) History.
Subject:
London (England) Social conditions.
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061204
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.49 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her debut nonfiction account, British historian Gaskin spotlights the heart of London on the night of December 29, 1940, when Adolf Hitler tried to convince Britain the war was lost by burning London to the ground. Gaskin draws on published and unpublished interviews, letters, diaries and memoirs to reconstruct that night from the words of those who experienced it. Observers like American correspondent Edward R. Murrow, BBC announcers and Fleet Street journalists, played their parts, as did RAF fighter pilots and army antiaircraft crews. But the heart and soul of Gaskin's story comes from the ordinary Londoners who endured the raid in improvised shelters, defying prognostications of mass panic, and those who took to the streets, fighting fires, driving ambulances and rescuing survivors. Air raid defense was still in the stage of improvisation, and its men and women learned-and died-on the job. From the recollections of one terrifying night of the London Blitz, Gaskin fashions a refreshing, dramatic narrative that brings to life a city's wartime heroism and stoicism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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