“This massive volume is informative, enthralling, and moving--often all three at once...Genuinely brilliant.” ―Booklist
“Thoroughly researched yet written in a relaxed, enjoyable style.” ―History Book Review
“…Holland is a young historian who has forged a considerable reputation, especially for his intimate human portraits of the men who fought on both sides of the war…this is a notable account of an epic human experience, told with the informality and enthusiasm that distinguish Holland's work…If the story is familiar, Holland tells it with authority and exuberant panache.” ―Max Hastings, author of Winston's War, in The Sunday Times UK
“The 70th anniversary of the battle...has prompted a surge of new books and the republication of several old ones. Among the best is the comprehensive new study by James Holland... Holland's book has all the hallmarks of his previous successes: the gripping narrative; the ability to recreate the intensity of combat, the breadth of research; and the authoritative historical judgments.” ―The Spectator UK
“The novelty of Holland's excellent book…lies in its extended time frame, and also in its use of first-hand sources from both sides of the conflict, and its assertion that the battle was not won by the RAF alone. Holland prefers his history to be about people, and his dazzling cast of characters includes civilians and servicemen, men and women, young and old.” ―The Telegraph UK--This text refers to the Paperback edition.