New from Frederick Taylor: “Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940"


Praise for Coventry:

"'Frederick Taylor's impressive book is easily the most authoritative study available of the devastation of Coventry 75 years ago … A gripping account of the background to the raid and the destruction of the city."

-- Sir Ian Kershaw

"A careful, exhaustively researched – and deeply absorbing – account of the raid that helped so dramatically to establish the terrible possibilities opened up by overwhelming air-power."

-- Michael Frayn

"Taylor exposes one of the 20th century's most savage military innovations, aerial bombing, in a well-researched, engaging book ... A superb portrait of some of the realities of World War II and the increasingly destructive technology created during that time."

-- Kirkus Reviews (USA), starred review.

"Taylor ... does an excellent job of telling the story of the Coventry raid ... Taylor's thorough, authoritative account elegantly explains the horrors of that night, as well as the wider story of the raid's significance in the air war's collective descent into barbarism."

-- Roger Moorhouse, The Financial Times.

"Riveting ... vivid ... Taylor's account of flame and ruin in the Midlands in November 1940, superbly researched, shows how terror could come to anyone, anywhere, any time. It still can."

-- Ian Thomson, The Spectator.


Available in hard cover from Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) since 22 October 2015, and Bloomsbury Press (USA) from 10 November, at all good booksellers, at online retailers, and as an e-book. Published in German by Siedler Verlag.


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