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

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    AP World History Book Review *** The Longest Night, written by G

    AP World History Book Review *** The Longest Night, written by Gavin Mortimer, was an interesting novel describing the details of the bombings in London England, occurring in London. The novel was both fiction and nonfiction, describing the perspectives of people involved in the horrifying battle, and dramatizing the events by adding a fictional reference of soldiers of both Britain and Germany, as well as fictional witnesses to the event. But in my opinion, I would say that it lacked a bit for me. It did not provide enough detail as many would like. That would be my only problem with this novel. It is a very interesting, gripping story, with an excellent story-line. This novel really explains the harshness of warfare to the average person, and really gives a superb perspective of warfare itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    AP World History Review: "The Longest Night: The Bombing of

    AP World History Review: "The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941" by Gavin Mortimer, was a fascinating but informative novel. It was about the devastating bombings that occurred on May 10, 1941 in London, England. Hundreds of German fighters and bombers took place in this horrific event. This novel tells the stories of many different people from London, or the surrounding areas. These people’s occupations range from civilians to people in the service to firefighters. It also has the memoirs of German and British bombers and fighter pilots. This really shows the human element in war, especially in the “home front”. A lot of the heroes of the story and most of the people that died were just your regular civilians. It really shows the other side of war.
    A quote that would sum up this book and what I think was the author’s point is, "...the city stood firm as the world looked on, even on the night of May 10, 1941, London's bloodiest and longest night. Perhaps it was also London's greatest night, the culmination a nine-month battle against fascism that ended with the symbol of the free world bruised, and battered, but unbeaten..." The author really shows how London prevails against the Germans even after the constant bombings and deaths. I would recommend this book to many different types of readers. This book is for any history buffs, military buffs, lovers of London, and for anyone who likes a good action novel. Once you pick this book up, it will be hard to put it back down. The only complaint I have against this book is since there are so many stories from so many different people, all with different points of view, the story can sometimes get very confusing. It’s hard to keep track of all of the names. Besides that last point, it is an amazing novel that deserves a five out of five.

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