The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941

The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941

The Longest Night reveals the untold story of the horrific bombing raid that almost brought Britain to military collapse - using extensive survivors' testimony and previously classified documents to reveal just how close the Luftwaffe came to total victory. This vivid, dramatically told account depicts how fate shifted based on Hitler's mistaken belief that he'd actually l The Longest Night reveals the untold story of the horrific bombing raid that almost brought Britain to military collapse ...

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Title:The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941
Author:Gavin Mortimer
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941 Reviews

  • Barbara Mader
    Sep 05, 2010
    Apparently forgot to add this one--read in August, I think. This book tells the personal stories of a number of people who were in London that night--what it was like out in the streets, inside in the shelters, how things were afterward. Most mind-boggling to me was the matter-of-fact ...
  • Graceann
    Apr 10, 2009
    Please see my detailed review at Amazon Graceann's "Longest Night" Review" Overall, Longest Night was a disappointment. I live in the neighborhood described, and the descriptions were so scattershot and vague that I found myself constantly referring to a London A-Z Guide to get my b...
  • Colleen
    Feb 04, 2016
    A good POV book about the Blitz on this particular night, and really this night only for the most part. I recently saw a documentary about the Second Great Fire of London which was on Dec 29, 1940 and this book doesn't really reference earlier attacks much. It is totally centered aroun...
  • Wendy
    Nov 29, 2010
    I think maybe the author introduced too many people's stories. I couldn't keep them straight so I stopped trying. Maybe if he had fewer people with more detailed stories I would have liked it more. The Blitz sounds horrifying but I don't think this book reflected how bad it could be. O...
  • Lisa of Hopewell
    Dec 08, 2009
    Very interesting account of one night of the Blitz using personal stories. One lamentable [but small:] editing error has George VI marrying Queen Elizabeth 4 years before the Blitz--obviously this was meant to refer to their Coronation--not wedding! ...
  • Melissa McShane
    May 18, 2016
    I finished this book exactly 75 years to the day after the events recorded. That was coincidence, but it did give the read a little more significance. This account of the most severe bombing London endured during the Blitz is told through the lives of its survivors, many of whom Mortim...
  • Nancy
    Jan 05, 2011
    Unlike Blitz, which centered almost entirely on the ordinary British citizen living in London at the time of the German attack, The Longest Night is largely about the responders -- the firemen, wardens, airmen and watchers who tried to protect London from destruction. It is breath-t...
  • John
    Sep 22, 2009
    This book follows a number of characters and places before, during and after what is described as the worst night of the London Blitz. It was quite good and very detailed. I have to admit that I skimmed part of the middle bit only because all the bombing and fires got a bit repetitive....
  • Ken French
    Sep 28, 2014
    Very detailed telling of the worst night of the Blitz. The multiple POVs add a lot. ...
  • Blake Bouza
    Jul 13, 2018
    The idea that the Blitz happened is always something I've known, but I wanted to UNDERSTAND it. I wanted to understand how people could live every day lives while bombs fell around them every night, friends and neighbors dying all around you, never sure if you're next or will make it t...
  • Daisy
    Feb 12, 2016
    As an American, I am ashamed to say, that I was never taught about the heroism, sacrifice, and horror our Allies in Great Britain (and especially in this case Londoners) faced during World War II. In a nine month period over 16,000 civilians died during the London Blitz. This book tell...
  • Marc
    Mar 14, 2019
    Wow! Detailed is right. The author buried me in the minutae of the many people he tracks over that longest night. I knew a bit about the challenge that the Blitz represented but I had no idea really. But having said that, I'm not sure after about Chapter 14, how much more of the detail...
  • Jeff
    Nov 15, 2010
    It's a walk through London, May 10, 1941. ...
  • Julia Ross
    Jul 14, 2011
    Great storytelling, but there were a lot of names to remember! ...
  • John
    Jul 03, 2012
    Interesting view of one day - the worst day - in the London Blitz. Enjoyed the read but was difficult to follow because of the constant jumping from story line to story line. ...
  • Jane
    Nov 19, 2015
    This book I read last year on holiday- yes for me this was a great holiday read. I enjoyed the build up to the blitz during the time frame 10-11 may 1941. The focus was of the lives of the people that this timeframe were involved - Germans in their fighter planes planning and getting ...
  • Tobias
    Dec 24, 2012
    An amazing book which granularises the history of the blitz by zooming into a single night of May 10th 1941 - the worst night of the blitz. It tells the story of a hundred or so people scattered across the capital on that night and the gritty and horrific details of the bombs and fires...
  • Richard
    Jan 26, 2012
    The May 10, 1941 bombing of London. Not much to it. ...
  • Jeffrey
    Dec 22, 2012
    A good read about the night London was bombed on May 10 1941. ...
  • Valerie
    May 02, 2012
    This tells the story of the near destruction that London took from the Germans on May 10-11, 1941. What makes this story exceptional is that it is mostly told from the participants' perspective. Gavin Mortimer does not discuss any military strategy. This is not a scholarly history. How...
  • Samantha Hoe
    Apr 17, 2012
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  • Marcia
    Aug 13, 2012
    Interested in how writers restrict history. This is one night in one city. Very dramatic and riveting. ...
  • Elizabeth Gibbs
    Jul 30, 2018
    It took some time to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. There was a lot of detail, which at times was overwhelming, but there were plenty of stories about individuals that made up for it. While the description of the devestation of London was horrifying, the most hauntin...
  • Christie
    Nov 12, 2012
    An engrossing account of the London blitz but as seen through the first responders, citizens and even those in the clergy. The citizens of London lived through night after night of bombing but found an inner strength to help them survive the loss and devastation. The personal accounts ...
  • Gerry Welsch
    Apr 14, 2019
    Must admit I eventually had to skim many chapters. I am very interested in this topic but the presentation of the material was somewhat repetitive and boring. Book would benefit greatly from inclusion of maps for readers not familiar with all neighborhoods and landmarks. Photos of peop...
  • Sandeep Chopra
    Feb 22, 2014
    There is no doubt that the book has been in exhaustively researched and is very comprehensive. I however feel that the author could have cut down on the number of people he was following (and making us follow) in the book. Due to their sheer number, the book has had to compromise on th...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Nov 19, 2017
    Not bad, with lots of numbers and a long, boring, pointless account of a football match. There are some interesting stories here, including the memories of an actor from Fawlty Towers, however, there are a number books about the blitz that are far more compelling. ...
  • Nancy
    Dec 03, 2017
    very interesting...wish I knew London better to better understand the places he talked about. ...
  • Samy Saied
    Dec 19, 2015
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  • Trenchologist
    Jan 14, 2016
    Plays out something like a documentary, interweaving the events through personal experience, including victims on the ground, police & firewatch brigades, British air fighters, Germans command and their bombers. Gives a true sense of the weary pragmatism Londoners had adopted by th...