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The Fire and the Darkness


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SINCLAIR 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.


Disturbing and compelling in equal measure. Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life.
--Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent and The Fear and the Freedom

A full and powerful account of warfare that ignored the distinction between military and civilian objectives.
--Kirkus Reviews "There have been many books on the bombing of Dresden . . . but Sinclair McKay's account is a worthy addition. Eschewing easy moralising, he prefers to reflect on Dresden's intensely moving annual ceremony of remembrance and the episode's place in collective memory. Above all, he rejoices in the modern city's resurrection." --The Economist Engrossing . . . well-researched, powerfully written, and balanced. For all interested in military history and World War II. --Library Journal (starred review) McKay's extensive research and animated prose capture the terror and tragedy of the bombing. Readers won't soon forget this devastating account. --Publishers Weekly Mr. McKay's 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 history's most morally fraught military operations. --Wall Street Journal

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