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Firestorm: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 Paperback – August 24, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566637139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566637138
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Invaluable context and perspectives...consistently thought–provoking.... (Times Literary Supplement)

Unashamedly sober and scientific, providing a welcome dose of objectivity. (BBC History)

An outstanding book on a subject that will simply not go away. (Gary Sheffield Military Illustrated)

Perhaps the most rewarding of the many books written about the Dresden bombing...Short, easy to read, and of great value. (Anthony Clayton Journal of Military History)

About the Author

Paul Addison is an Honorary Fellow in the School of History and Classics at the University of Edinburgh where he was from 1996 to 2005 Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies. His most recent book isChurchill: The Unexpected Hero (2005). Jeremy A. Crang is senior Lecturer in History and Assistant Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author ofThe British Army and the People's War 1939-45 (2000) and co-editor (with Paul Addison) ofThe Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain (2000).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Pachuta on April 5, 2008
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_Firestorm: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945_ consists of ten chapters (including the retrospect) by ten authorities on various aspects of the Dresden raids, from the post-WWI British military theory which in part justified the raids in the eyes of its planners, to the modern day reconstruction of the city's monuments. I found the multiple perspectives very useful, and a good supplement to the single-author volumes on the topic. For detailed information on the attack itself, read one (or, in the interest of balance, several) of these other volumes. For the larger historical/philosophical/legal aspects of the attack, I'd recommend this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eugene F. Harrie on June 20, 2008
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Firestorm: This book could have been written with far fewer words. The format of several different writers was intended to expand the perspective, but it was largely repetetive and judgemental. It was not all that enlightening. On a scale of one to five, it was about a two.
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For those interested in scholarly assessments of the principal issues, this is by far the best source. The contributions by Sebastian Cox, Tami Davis Biddle, Hew Strachan, and Richard Overy are especially valuable.
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16 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Palmer on February 13, 2007
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There are good and bad points about this book. Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good by a bit. There are interesting factoids presented throughout the book, which periodically does illuminate some little-known aspects of the Allied bombing of Germany that in a sense culminated in Dresden. But the book is a mish-mash. Every now and again the author, in explaining topic A, mentions toic B, at which point we get a multi-page exegesis on Topic B. Unfortunately, Topic B is often at best tangential, and at worst almost irrelevant, to the main subjects addressed in the book. It's as if the author either wanted to add words and pages for the sake of increasing volume or to show off his knowledge regarding diverse subjects. Not well edited.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. G. SFAELLOU on February 15, 2009
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When the evil Nazi leaders were convicted at the Nuremburg War Trials, sadly other war criminals were absent. At these trials, others should have been present - including Air Chief Marshall Harris and his American counterpart, not to mention Churchill who was ultimatley responsible for the attack on Dresden. Although these men escaped any form of trial they are responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians whose only crime was that they happened to live in the beautiful city of Dresden.
As many think about St. Valentine's Day, perhaps we should all spare a thought for those who were murdered on the eve of this day. In this book we see what is ostensibly a balanced work on the bombings of Dresden from the viewpoints of several writers. However, this book offers little more than the biased views seen in the similar books by Frederick Taylor and Marshal de Bruhl. Perhaps it might seem cycnical to suggest that some arguments are created or laboured just to provide other 'dimensions'; of course, if an author were to assume the obvious moral viewpoint and condemn these atrocities then there would be nothing to write about. Therefore, in hindsight, contrived arguments are presented in order to try to justify the unjustifiable.
A decade or so ago, at the British tax-payers' expense, a statue was erected to Harris (the architect of this mass-murder) in London. However, little recognition has been given to the many real heroes (who died fighting in action against armed enemy soldiers, not killing defenceless women and children). They gave their lives fighting for their country (and against the evils of terrorism) yet are no more than a name carved on a communal cenotaph.
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