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Exhaustive and harrowing Friedrich's aim seems to be not only to wrest the history of German suffering from the clutch of the far right but to rescue the glories of German history from the twelve years of Hitler's thousand-year Reich.(Ian Buruma New York Review of Books)
The Fire represents the continuation of Friedrich's generation's indictment of National Socialismexcept now the finger is pointed at the Allies, and sympathy is extended to the civilian Germans who were their victims.(The Nation)
What W. G. Sebald lamented about the lack of open discourse on the air war appears to have been blown apart with the publication of The Fire.(Noah Isenberg Bookforum)
Jörg Friedrich's achievement in The Fire has been to tell this tale of death and destruction with a rare plasticity and vividness.(German Historical Institute London Bulletin)
[Jörg Friedrich] describes in stark, unrelenting and very literary detail what happened in city after city as the Allies dropped 80 million incendiary bombs on Germany.... There is an edginess to Friedrich's writing and commentary, an emotional power.(New York Times)
Jörg Friedrich tells the story from the viewpoint of the bombed with... great skill and objectivity.(Paul Johnson The American Spectator)
Thorough and methodical... Friedrich's book underscores that precision bombing is anything but a scientific enterprise.(Stanley Hoffman Foreign Affairs)
Mr. Friedrich deserves credit for both his diligence and his descriptive powers.(Economist)
An indictment both of Hitler's appropriation of German history and of the Allies' destruction of a nation's culture... Thoughtful and detailed.(Library Journal)
This is a book that demands to be read, no matter how uncomfortable the experience.(David Cesarani The Independent)
[A] haunting book forceful, incendiary.(Atlantic Monthly)
A well-documented piece of historical writing... [that] is also a poignant, lyrical and terrible account of human suffering.(Adam R. Seipp Houston Chronicle)
A vivid and powerful critique of war... [The Fire is] fascinating, ground-breaking, and thought-provoking.(Roger Moorhouse BBC History Magazine)
A contribution to the German literature of remembrance; it is also a passionate denunciation of the excesses of the air war.(Harold Dorn Technology and Culture 1900-01-00)
Jörg Friedrich was born in Tyrolia in 1944 and grew up in the Ruhr District (Essen). A broadcaster in Berlin, Friedrich became a historian after he reported on the Majdanek Trial during the 1970s. His first comprehensive history of the prosecution of Nazi criminals in Germany, The Cold Amnesty (1984), was a bestseller in the Federal Republic. In 1993 he published a monograph on the forgotten Nuremberg Trial of the German High Command titled The Law of War: The German Army in Russia, which earned him a honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. The idea for The Fire came to Friedrich accidentally one night in February 2002, and since its publication, the book has been translated into ten languages, sparking debate worldwide.
Jörg Friedrich was born in Essen, Germany, in 1944 and spent most of his career writing about Nazi atrocities before orienting his research toward an analysis of Allied military tactics. He lives in Berlin.
I have read a lot about WWII but this book was news to me. I had no idea quite how devastating the US/UK bombing campaign was for German cities and civilians. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. R. Wilk
aaa there needs to be more books like this before we can find middle ground with the world, and the truth about our historyPublished 17 months ago by Hank D Baum
I've search for this book in the library to no avail. The hardcover is so expensive. Getting information on this topic from the people who suffered it was important to me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Evelyn Lopez
Jörg Friedrich has written what is perhaps the definitive indictment of total war and the lies of its ethical justification. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gustavo E. Romero
No country save Vietnam has ever been bombed as much as Germany in the Second World War. In this five hundred page book Jorg Friedrich presents a heartbreaking look at the damage... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Severin Olson
We bought this book for our son's university course on WW II. The university bookstore did not stock it and we went directly to Amazon to see if we could purchase it there. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by David Clarke
I have just finished this and feel almost as numb as the bombing victims. I read slowly to begin with but I kept putting this down because it was often too hard to take. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Scott Powell
One of those books that if you pick up, your in for the long haul.......found myself reading it at 3am one day having started at 9pm the day before...excellent readPublished on July 9, 2013 by Matthew A. Bailey