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The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940

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"In The First Day of the Blitz, the Stanford historian Peter Stansky fluently chronicles the day's events, placing them in the wider context of Britain's home front and the history of the Blitz (only two of the book's nine chapters actually focus on the narrow subject of its title)." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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Publisher Comments:

On September 7, 1940, the long-feared and anticipated attack by the German Luftwaffe plunged London into a cauldron of fire and devastation. This compelling book recreates that day in all its horror, using rich archival sources and first-hand accounts, many never before published. Eminent historian Peter Stansky weaves together the stories of people who recorded their experiences of the opening hours of the Blitz. Then, exploring more deeply, the author examines what that critical day meant to the nation at the time, and what it came to mean in following years.

Much of the future of Britain was determined in the first twelve hours of bombing, Stansky contends. The Blitz set in motion a range of responses that contributed to ultimate victory over Germany and to a transformation of British society. The wave of terror, though designed to quash morale, instead inspired stoicism, courage, and a new camaraderie. The tragic London bombing can reveal much of relevance to our own violent times, Stansky concludes: both the effectiveness of modern terror and its ultimate failure are made powerfully clear by the events of September 7, 1940.

Review:

"Stansky recounts the numerous acts of courage and tenacity displayed by Londoners beginning on that first awful day. He even draws comparisons between this event and 9/11." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] superb account of a terrible and important day in the life of a nation." Booklist

About the Author

Peter Stansky is Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University. He is the author of numerous distinguished works in the field of modern British social, cultural, and political history, including Sassoon: The Worlds of Philip and Sybil, published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300125566
Subtitle:
September 7, 1940
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Stansky, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London.
Subject:
London (England) History.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Great britain
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081118
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 b/w illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1.15 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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Product details 224 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300125566 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "In The First Day of the Blitz, the Stanford historian Peter Stansky fluently chronicles the day's events, placing them in the wider context of Britain's home front and the history of the Blitz (only two of the book's nine chapters actually focus on the narrow subject of its title)." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "Stansky recounts the numerous acts of courage and tenacity displayed by Londoners beginning on that first awful day. He even draws comparisons between this event and 9/11."
"Review" by , "[A] superb account of a terrible and important day in the life of a nation."
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