The Fire and the Darkness

The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay

  • Published: Aug 18, 2020

"Beautifully-crafted, elegiac, compelling The Fire and the Darkness delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely equalled. Authentic and authoritative, a masterpiece of its genre" - Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo A... read more

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Details of The Fire and the Darkness

Exact title of the book
The Fire and the Darkness
Book author
Sinclair McKay
ISBN
9781250261366
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Feb 04, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Beautifully-crafted, elegiac, compelling The Fire and the Darkness delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely equalled. Authentic and authoritative, a masterpiece of its genre" - Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo A gripping work of narrative nonfiction recounting the history of the Dresden Bombing, one of the most devastating attacks of World War II. On February 13th, 1945 at 1003 PM, British bombers began one of the most devastating attacks of WWII the bombing of Dresden.

The first contingent killed people and destroyed buildings, roads, and other structures. The second rained down fire, turning the streets into a blast furnace, the shelters into ovens, and whipping up a molten hurricane in which the citizens of Dresden were burned, baked, or suffocated to death. Early the next day, American bombers finished off what was left.

Sinclair McKays The Fire and the Darkness is a pulse-pounding work of history that looks at the life of the city in the days before the attack, tracks each moment of the bombing, and considers the long period of reconstruction and recovery. The Fire and the Darkness is powered by McKays reconstruction of this unthinkable terror from the points of view of the ordinary civilians Margot Hille, an apprentice brewery worker; Gisela Reichelt, a ten-year-old schoolgirl; boys conscripted into the Hitler Youth; choristers of the Kreuzkirche choir; artists, shop assistants, and classical musicians, as well as the Nazi officials stationed there. What happened that night in Dresden was calculated annihilation in a war that was almost over.

Sinclair McKays brilliant work takes a complex, human, view of this terrible night and its aftermath in a gripping audiobook. A Macmillan Audio production fron St. Martin's Press "McKays rich narrative and descriptive gifts provide us with an elegant yet unflinching account of that terrible night... to be recommended as a very readable and finely crafted addition to the literature on one of modern historys most morally fraught military operations." Wall Street Journal

About author

MCKAY is the bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Codebreakers (published in the UK as The Secret Life of Bletchley Park) and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as several other books. Sinclair is a literary critic for the Telegraph and The Spectator and for three years was a judge of the Encore Prize, awarded annually for best second novel. He lives in the shadow of Canary Wharf in east London.

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