Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940

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Serving as a companion volume to Frederick Taylor's acclaimed Dresden, this is the definitive account of the bombing of Coventry, England on November 14 1940.

At a few minutes past seven on the evening of Thursday, November 14 1940, the historic industrial city of Coventry was subjected to the longest, most devastating air raid England had yet experienced. Only after eleven hours of continual bombardment by the German Luftwaffe could its people emerge from their half-sunk Anderson shelters and their cellars, from under their stairs or kitchen tables, to venture up into their wounded city.

That long night of destruction marked a critical moment in the Second World War. It heralded a new kind of air warfare, one which abandoned the pursuit of immediate military goals and instead focused on obliterating all aspects of city life. It also provided the push America needed to join Britain in the war. But while the Coventry raid was furiously condemned publicly, such effective enemy tactics provided Britain's politicians and military establishment with a 'blueprint for obliteration', to be adapted and turned against Germany. A merciless four-year war of attrition had begun.

In this important work of history, Frederick Taylor draws upon numerous sources, including eye witness interviews from the archives of the BBC which are published here for the first time, to reveal the true repercussions of the bombing of Coventry in 1940. He teases out the truth behind the persistent rumors and conspiracy theories that Winston Churchill knew the raid was coming, assesses this significant turning point in modern warfare, looks at how it affected England's status in the war, and considers finally whether this attack really could provide justification for the horror of Dresden, 1945.

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Frederick Taylor was educated in History and Modern Languages at Oxford and completed graduate work at Sussex University. He edited and translated The Goebbels Diaries 1939–41 and is the author of four acclaimed books of narrative history, Dresden, The Berlin Wall, Exorcising Hitler and most recently The Downfall of Money. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives in Cornwall.

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"A superb portrait of some of the realities of World War II and the increasingly destructive technology created during that time." ―starred review, Kirkus

"In the six-year history of World War II, there were few events that struck more fear in the hearts and minds of participants than the indiscriminate, so-called terror bombing of civilians and non-military targets . . . Coventry’s demise stood out as an early example of terror bombing and . . . Frederick Taylor has brought that experience to the forefront in an engaging volume." ―New York Journal of Books

"Taylor is skilled at mixing examination of the great issues surrounding the Coventry raid with eyewitness testimony and other personal reactions . . . His authoritative and deeply thought out as well as researched conclusions are convincing to say the least." ―The Washington Times

"In his latest book he has turned his attention to Britain’s equivalent event-- the far less catastrophic but no less mythologised bombing of Coventry . . . Well written, well researched and admirably detached . . . His familiarity with local details shines through in every sentence." ―Literary Review

"Frederick Taylor's impressive book is easily the most authoritative study available of the devastation of Coventry 75 years ago. Drawing on extensive research and a detailed knowledge of the bombing war, Taylor's careful analysis undermines several longstanding myths in constructing a gripping account of the background to the raid and the destruction of the city." ―Sir Ian Kershaw, author of HITLER: A BIOGRAPHY

"Taylor’s work powerfully portrays a city trapped in the crucible of war." ―World War II Magazine

"[H]ighly recommended for anyone interested in World War II history." ―Historical Novel Society

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