This is one of the best Second World War aviation book I've read, and I have red a lot. It not only takes you through the high level details of the mission, the descision and training and general organisation, but explains the reasons for it's " failure". But what I enjoyed the most is the thorough description if each of the airplane and crews and their experience of the raid, before and after. In this book, you are literally with the men, flying the mission from training to the end and even afterwards. You feel like you are experiencing it with them and part of it. I love that. It's easy to read too and doesn't dwell on details that are sometimes a bit boring (like statistics etc...). If you want a great realistic account of what it was like to be there, this is the book.