Sinclair McKay – The Fire and the Darkness


Beautifully-crafted, elegiac, compelling – The Fire and the Darkness delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely equalled. Authentic and authoritative, a masterpiece of its genre (Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo)

A gripping work of narrative nonfiction recounting the history of the Dresden Bombing, one of the most devastating attacks of World War II.

On February 13, 1945 at 10:03 p.m., British bombers began one of the most devastating attacks of WWII: the bombing of Dresden. The first contingent killed people and destroyed buildings, roads, and other structures. The second rained down fire, turning the streets into a blast furnace, the shelters into ovens, and whipping up a molten hurricane in which the citizens of Dresden were burned, baked, or suffocated to death.

Early the next day, American bombers finished off what was left. Sinclair McKays The Fire and the Darkness is a pulse-pounding work of history that looks at the life of the city in the days before the attack, tracks each moment of the bombing, and considers the long period of reconstruction and recovery. The Fire and the Darkness is powered by McKays reconstruction of this unthinkable terror from the points of view of the ordinary civilians: Margot Hille, an apprentice brewery worker; Gisela Reichelt, a 10-year-old schoolgirl; boys conscripted into the Hitler Youth; choristers of the Kreuzkirche choir; artists, shop assistants, and classical musicians, as well as the Nazi officials stationed there.

What happened that night in Dresden was calculated annihilation in a war that was almost over. Sinclair McKays brilliant work takes a complex, human view of this terrible night and its aftermath in a gripping audiobook.

A Macmillan Audio production fron St. Martin’s Press

Author: Sinclair McKay
Narrator: Leighton Pugh
Duration: 13 hours 49 minutes
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I seldom write reviews, but this book is an exception…
Growing up during Cold War Era in Soviet Union few people knew what’s going on, on ether side…
Attempts to raise my generation with ideology of US as an enemy failed miserably, this book confirms gut feelings of young kids of 70s and 80s…
Very well written, excellent narration, captivating story, I just couldn’t put this one down…
Highly recommend!