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Books  >>  History

Frederick Taylor

Dresden

Frederick Taylor Dresden Tuesday February 13 1945
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For decades it has been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a cultured city famous for its china, chocolate, and fine watches -- was militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and other parts of England.

Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking research offers a completely new examination of the facts and reveals that Dresden was a highly militarized city actively involved in the production of military armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand accounts, contemporaneous press material and memoirs, and never-before-seen government records, Taylor proves unequivocally the very real military threat Dresden posed -- and how a legacy of propaganda shrouded the truth for sixty years.

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“[An] authoritative and moving account …. Impeccably documented.”

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“A major contribution to the story of Dresden.”

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“A provocative re-examination of the bombing of Dresden ... elgantly written and deeply moving.”

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“A riveting narrative account.”

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“A strong and provocative work of World War II scholarship.”

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“Accomplished.”

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“Anyone who thinks that during World War Two Dresden manufactured just chinaware must read this penetrating book.”

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“Compelling ... [Taylor] puts the assault in its proper context to reveal the inherent moral tangle of total war.”

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“Compelling ... Mr. Taylor makes a persuasive case that Dresden was not an innocent bystander in the tragedy that was WWII.”

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“Deeply affecting ... a bracing rebuke to the myths and propaganda that have painted over the memory of this tragedy.”

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“Fascinating....a fine, revealing work of revisionist history. He has also given us a deeply haunting human drama.”

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“Genius...an absolutely magnificent work both of scholarship and of narration.”

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“Groundbreaking … [shines] new light on that fateful day and the resulting myths.”

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“I thought I knew what happened at Dresden on that fiery day in 1945 -- and then I read this book.”

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“In narrative power and persuasion, [Taylor] has paralleled in DRESDEN what Antony Beevor achieved in STALINGRAD.”

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“Taylor carefully debunks .... the ‘pervasive postwar myth’ ... What emerges is a picture markedly different from conventional accounts.”

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“The enigmatic past and the patient muse of history are brilliantly served ... by this blockbuster of a book.”

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“Well-researched, objective and compassionate...Frederick Taylor convincingly sets the record straight.”


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