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

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

by Gavin Mortimer

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ISBN-13: 9780425211830
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,272,165
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gavin Mortimer is a native Londoner. He began writing by freelancing for several publications, including the London Evening Standard, the Observer, and the Guardian. He has contributed articles to a richly diverse range of magazines from Esquire to BBC History to Rugby World. This is his fourth book, the first to be published in the U.S.

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"Part military history, part chronicle of survivors' memories and part moving tribute to London, the result is reminiscent of Richard Collier's The City That Would Not Die, but is a captivating and important contribution in its own right...Mortimer's dramatic renderings of what Londoners and German and British military men experienced make for compelling nonfiction." - Kirkus Reviews
"A microscopic analysis of this night frozen in time." - Mail on Sunday (London)

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The Longest Night: The Bombing of London on May 10, 1941 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AP World History Review: The Longest Night by Gavin Mortimer is a captivating read- if you can keep the storylines straight. Of which there are over twenty. Mortimer follows the lives of twenty-something London residents, German pilots, and RAF members through the worst night of the Blitz: May 10, 1941. I enjoyed the book for several reasons. First and foremost, Mortimer doesn’t attempt to glorify WWII or make the  conflict black and white. The Longest Night includes gritty accounts from both sides of the war, including those of Luftwaffe pilots, RAF members, English citizens, and London firefighters. Each account provides a different perspective of the Blitz. Likewise, each story causes the reader to connect with characters on a personal level. It becomes much harder to vilify a specific group or nation after hearing the different accounts of the Blitz. Despite engaging readers with survivor stories from the Blitz, The Longest Night can get a bit confusing. It was hard to keep the characters straight. (Especially since there was no character reference guide at the back of the book.) Most of the characters eventually blended together and the book became less enjoyable. Furthermore, the beginning of The Longest Night is slow-paced. The tension builds up for almost 180 pages before the plot becomes interesting. When the book reached its climax, though, I was horrified by the destruction and mutilation of the Blitz. While it is the intended effect for readers to feel dismay, I think Mortimer did his  job almost too well. The descriptions of death were certainly realistic, and occasionally gruesome.  While The Longest Night can be confusing and slow at items, it provides a fresh outlook on the  London Blitz through the eyes of WWII survivors.
Simon0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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