Sunday, February 15, 2004

I guess I mentioned that I was reviewing Dresden: Tuesday, February 13 by Frederick Taylor for The Patriot Ledger, but I didn't say much else about it. Taylor spent over a decade researching the events of that terrible night when a firebombing destroyed the city and killed 40,000 civilians, mostly women and children. It's an excellent book--eminently readable, although not a narrative classic, by any means. Taylor is most thorough in his discussion of the air war in Europe, especially the all-out Allied bombing that occurred at the end of the war. His depiction of the firebombing was horrifying but well done.

I'm so aggravated that the review did not end up going on the Ledger's website.


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