26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and enjoyable,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain (Paperback)
Stephen Bungay used to be a management consultant, and it shows. The amount of research and background reading involved in The Most Dangerous Enemy is prodigous. But unlike a consultant he also injects a generous dose of enthusiasm and a real sense of drama into his account.
Essentially a re-interpretation of available evidence, with the benefit of 60 years worth of hindsight, The Most Dangerous Enemy scotches many of the popular myths surrounding the Battle of Britain - the invincibility of the Luftwaffe and the lack of readiness of the RAF to name but two - and puts the battle and its consequences into a proper historical context. It also paints compelling portraits of the key figures on both sides, most notably Dowding, Park, Kesslring and Goering.
Entertaining and thought provoking, it will appeal to fans of popular history and more serious chroniclers alike. The only drawback is the huge number of footnotes, but they are (mostly) worth reading if you can be bothered.