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The Battle of Britain by James Holland
  

The Battle of Britain

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For the first time, The Battle of Britain tells this most epic of stories from a 360 degree perspective, drawing on extensive new research from around the world that challenges some of the long-held myths about the battle. Holland paints a complete picture of that extraordinary summer - a time in which the fate of the world truly hung by a thread.

If you like James Holland you might also like to read books by Robert Ryan, Iain Gale and Sebastian Faulks.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Holland’s book goes much further than the welter of documentaries and reminiscences that have filled our TV screens this autumn, all marking the Battle of Britain anniversary. Holland’s approach is much more conversational, but no less powerful for that. He recounts details of the aerial battle and its background from both sides while drawing on a wealth of new research material. Facts and figures say a great deal, but the most compelling accounts come from those who featured in the battle. Like any good author, Holland allows the participants to tell the story in their own words.
~ Carl Hughes

Synopsis

The Battle of Britain by James Holland

The Nazi Blitzkrieg was unlike any invasion the world had ever seen. It hit Europe with a force and aggression that no-one could counter. Within weeks the German armies were at the French coast and looking across at Britain, a country still reeling from the opening salvoes of the war. It seemed impossible that she would be able to resist invasion. But between the Nazis and glory stood more than just the pilots of Fighter Command. There was Bomber and Coastal Command, the Royal Navy and the incredible Auxiliary Patrol Service. In this darkest hour, Britain's defence was truly a national effort, and one that had been considerably better prepared for than the German attack.


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Holland is excellent on telling detail... 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 * The Sunday Times * Holland is one of a new generation of historians who were born long after the war but who bring to the subject a freshness and proper spirit of enquiry. A great achievement -- John Sergeant * Sunday Express * Excellent on all the technicalities of the conflict... full of lively pen portraits and unusual insights * Spectator * Stuffed with personal accounts that drive the narrative along at a cracking pace -- Patrick Bishop * Mail on Sunday * Ambitious and comprehensive... the pace never flags as the narrative ranges effortlessly from the cockpit of the Spitfire to the gallery of the House of Commons -- Saul David * Daily Telegraph *


About the Author

James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. He has worked for several London publishing houses and has also written for a number of national newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of a work of history, Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, 1940-43, and two previous novels. Married with a son, he lives near Salisbury.

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Publication date

9th June 2011

Author

James Holland

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
928 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
The Real World
eBook Favourites

Second World War

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Battles & campaigns
Air forces & warfare

ISBN

9780552156103

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