"David Irving attracts credibility and attention by his indefatigable energy, intelligence, and resourcefulness." --Tom Bower, Daily Mail, March 27, 1996
"There can be few operations of war as causeless, as purposeless, and as brutal as the attack on Dresden on the attack of February 13, 1945. In "The Destruction of Dresden," Mr. David Irving has analyzed, in an objective manner, the causes and result of this gratuitous act. As Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby comments in his foreword, the bombing of Dresden was "a great tragedy," the purposes of which are "difficult to determine." He agrees that Mr. Irving "tells dispassionately and honestly" the story of a deeply tragic example, in time of war, of man's inhumanity to man." We should be grateful to the author for having devoted long study to this question and for having provided us with as accurate an account of what acttually happened as we are likely to obtain. It was, in fact, an operation unworthy of our history. Nobody could contend that Dresden was a legitimate strategic target; nobody could contend that this terror raid shortened the war or satisfied our Russian allies. I am not surprised that most Englishmen should strive to forget about Dresden." --Sir Harold Nicholson, The Observer
"In devoting a book to this one violent moment of the war, with its antecedents and something of its aftermath, Mr. David Irving has rendered the British people a great service. They have to know. The Dresden event is a part of British (as well as of German, and European, and human) history. It is a piece of a mosaic that makes up the British character and a brushstroke, out of many, in the image that Britain presents to foreign peoples - an image the British are at best imperfectly aware of, and that has consequences which they often find it difficult to understand. Dresden also has lessons necessary to an understanding of the nature of war. What is necessary is to know what happened and to understand how it came to happen. And the only way is to read Mr. Irving's excellent and terrible book. --The Economist
About the Author
David Irving is the son of a Royal Navy Commander. Educated at Imperial College of Science and Technology, and at University College, London, he subsequenly spent a year in Germany working in a steel mill and perfecting his fluency in the language. Among his 30 books, the best known include "Hitler's War;" "The Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field Marshall Rommel;" "Accident: The Death of General Sikorski;" "The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe;" "Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich;" and "Goering: A Biography." He has translated works by several authors. He lives in London, England, and is the father of five daughters.