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Masterly work as ever from Sir Max,
This review is from: Bomber Command (Pan Military Classics) (Paperback)
Max Hastings was a good newspaper editor who has carved out a later career as an excellent historian.
This book is well-researched and scholarly without the negative attributes of poorer academic work. The writing style shows how the author was clearly educated to write well and combines that with the easier style of a seasoned newspaper man.
I do not, and never have, always agree with Sir Max's conclusions nor always find comfortable his departures from standard orthodoxy - perhaps even more surprising from a man associated with the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard - but can never fault the evidence used that leads up to the conclusions. Sir Max researches his subjects well and clearly gives it some thought - this is far less common than many would expect.
The pictures are well-chosen and support the text, the index is useful and above average for its type and clearly the publishers have worked hard to reflect the effort put in by the author. The book goes a long way towards setting in context the heroism of Bomber Command in the dark days of World War 2 and their sustained onslaught against the German war machine, as such it is to be welcomed and will remain a classic for many years.
This book was useful when I was writing my own book on Guy Gibson ( kindle Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson VC (Hereoes of the RAF) and in book version Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson) because it helped contextualise that extraordinary life. Sir Max's book was so useful I bought it for my own library and thoroughly recommend it to others