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Terrorism comes in many forms, but when it comes from clear skies it is especially horrifying. Stansky (history, emeritus, Stanford Univ.; Sassoon: The Worlds of Philip and Sybil) focuses on a single day in British history: September 7, 1940, the day the Germans began systematically bombing London, an ordeal that would last for several months and cost the lives of over 28,000 Londoners. But despite the trauma of this daily onslaught, the citizens of London quietly persevered, calmly heading to their bomb shelters when the sirens began and trying to live their lives as normally as possible. Stansky recounts the numerous acts of courage and tenacity displayed by Londoners beginning on that first awful day. He even draws comparisons between this event and 9/11. The book can be read in conjunction with Margaret Gaskin's Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940for a full picture of life in Britain in the last months of 1940. For all collections.