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Blitz (Shire Library)

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A book by Peter Doyle

May 1941: over 43,000 civilians had been killed, and over a million houses destroyed following endless nights of bombing raids. Yet London and other cities that had been targeted survived, their spirit undaunted, their people resilient.    Revisionis … see full wiki

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Author: Peter Doyle
Publisher: Shire
1 review about Blitz (Shire Library)

Mini Blitz history

  • Feb 12, 2011
Rating:
+3
I bought this book sight unseen from Borders based on the description, looking for a recent complete history of the bombing of London and other English ports and cities during World War II commonly known as "The Blitz."  What I didn't notice was that this particular book consists of a pamphlet slim 56 pages, including many photographs scattered throughout on every page. 

What is there is well-done, but buyer beware.  If you want a comprehensive history, this isn't it.  What it is is a good introduction, perhaps for a high school or college level lesson as part of a larger curriculum on the War or the 20th-century history of the UK.  Doyle does a fine job as a writer telling the main elements of the story in such a condensed format, a writerly feat involving at least as much skill as writing a comprehensive history sprawled across a 1,000-page canvas.  

While in Manchester, UK in 2010 for three months on a work assignment, I was able to see sections of Manchester that were reshaped by the Blitz (and by more-recent IRA terrorist bombings), and visit the Imperial War Museum North, which included film and artifacts on the Blitz.  These tactile sensations left a strong impression on me of the breadth of the Blitz and the stoic persistence of the British.  Doyle's introduction to the history across the country is just enough to make me want to see more.

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