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Patrick AndersonSecond Violin, however, starts with the German invasion of Austria in March of 1938. The narrative proceeds to the onslaught of the Blitz—the massive, sustained German bombing of London—and the heroic defense put up by outnumbered RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain from July to October of 1940. If you are of a certain age, even the mention of those events is deeply moving. Never, as Churchill said, have so many owed so much to so few. It has been Lawton's achievement to capture, in first-rate popular fiction, the courage and drama—and the widespread tomorrow-we-may-die exuberance—of that terrible and thrilling moment in 20th-century history.
—The Washington Post