When Hitler unleashed a fierce barrage of weapons on the defiant capital of England, London’s resilient citizens were undaunted. With colorful detail and rich insight, historian Maureen Waller takes readers through London in the last year of war. She reveals the magnificence of human spirit that carried a besieged people through agonizing travails and the long, giddy transformation the metropolis made as it passed through battle, to celebration, and back to life as usual.
“Thoroughly engrossing...builds up a detailed picture of daily life in London.” ---The New York Times
“Joins the ranks of such works as Philip Zeigler’s London at War and Robert Hewison’s Under Siege: Literary Life in London, 1939–1945... Her depiction of the daily fabric of wartime life in the capital is unrivaled.... An illuminating approach.” ---The Atlantic Monthly
“Waller...balances an enormous amount of data with a journalistic attention to anecdote and oral history in this stunning book.” ---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A gracefully rendered portrait of a great city at war...Vivid and highly readable.” ---Kirkus Reviews
“Waller’s book masterfully supplements Philip Ziegler’s London at War, 1939–1945 and provides the reader with a well-crafted story of war and its cruel impact on a large European city.” ---Library Journal
Life in the Debris of War