Sinclair McKay is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, The Secret Listeners, Bletchley Park Brainteasers and Secret Service Brainteasers. He is a literary critic for the Telegraphand the Spectator and lives in London.
Accomplished * Prospect * There have been many books on the bombing of Dresden (not least Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse Five ), but Sinclair McKay's account is a worthy addition. McKay's purpose is neither to condemn nor condone, but to record what happened and why. Above all, he rejoices in the modern city's resurrection * Economist * A carefully researched, finely written and moving account of one of the great tragedies of 20th-century history * Daily Telegraph * McKay recounts the story of Dresden's destruction through the recollections of those who miraculously survived, creating a kaleidoscope of experience . . . His prose, even when describing gruesome destruction, is often breathtakingly beautiful. This superbly rendered story allows the reader entry into the soul of an extraordinary city -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * McKay brings that time vividly alive but he's also alive to the moral ambiguities -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Mirror * Fascinating, riveting, unsettling, and wonderfully rich in period detail * Mail on Sunday on Mile End Murder * Lucid, well-researched and rich in detail * Daily Mail on The Spies of Winter * Painstakingly researched and fascinating * Daily Mail on The Secret Listeners * Extraordinary . . . a remarkably faithful account * Guardian on The Secret Life of Bletchley Park * Along with much affecting human detail, I particularly like the way it contextualises the city's obliteration with scenes from Dresden's rich history * Bookseller * Masterful -- Simon Griffith * Mail on Sunday * McKay's rich narrative and descriptive gifts provide us with an elegant yet unflinching account of that terrible night . . . a very readable and finely crafted addition to the literature on one of modern history's most morally fraught military operations -- Frederick Taylor * Wall Street Journal * This is a brilliantly clear, and fair, account of one of the most notorious and destructive raids in the history aerial warfare. From planning to execution, the story is told by crucial participants - and the victims who suffered so cruelly on the ground from the attack itself and its aftermath -- Robert Fox, author of We Were There One of my favourite historians -- Dan Snow * History Hit * Compelling . . . Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life -- Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent Beautifully-crafted, elegiac, compelling - Dresden delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely equalled. Authentic and authoritative, a masterpiece of its genre -- Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo Churchill said that if bombing cities was justified, it was always repugnant. Sinclair McKay has written a shrewd, humane and balanced account of this most controversial target of the Anglo-American strategic bombing campaign, the ferocious consequence of the scourge of Nazism -- Allan Mallinson, author of Fight to the Finish Powerful . . . there is rage in his ink. McKay's book grips by its passion and originality. Some 25,000 people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city. I have never seen it better described -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times *