Book Review Of The Day – The Most Dangerous Enemy

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This year we are going to review books daily until the reviews run out. By doing this for individual books this gives people a chance to do their own research on the books and authors by using the links provided and not miss out by being bombarded by a whole lot at once like we have done in previous years.

Each post is set out as comprehensively as possible with the name of who submitted it, the name of the book and author and a short review in the form of a comment from whoever submitted it.

Todays review came from Jonathan


The Most Dangerous Enemy

By Stephen Bungay

Jonathan wrote:

“I have a long interest in the WW2 air battle known to posterity as the Battle of Britain, to my mind one of the most crucial events of World War 2. Until recently, one of my favourite books on the subject was Len Deighton’s “Fighter” ,  however that has now been replaced most definitely by Stephen Bungay’s “The Most Dangerous Enemy”, an excellent single volume account of the Battle. The book strikes the perfect balance between the strategic, giving a great account of the development of the politics, leaders, technology & machines that shaped the battle, and the personal , with first hand accounts giving a very vivid impression of what it was like to fight and fly in this time supplemented by letters and diary stories. The text is eminently readable and the author has done great research to challenge some of the myths around the Battle but at the same time maintaining a respect for the RAF pilots who bore the brunt.

If you were to get one single book on the Battle of Britain , I would recommend this one.”

Amazon wrote: “An engrossing read for the military scholar and the general reader alike, this is a classic of military history that looks beyond the mythology, to explore all the tragedy and comedy; the brutality and compassion of war.”

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