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Description - London At War by Philip Ziegler

In 1939 London was not merely the greatest city in the world, it was the most tempting and vulnerable target for aerial attack. . For six years it was the frontline of the free worlds battle against Fascism. It endured the horrors of the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the V1s, the V2s. Other cities suffered more intensely, no other city was so constantly under attack for so long a time. his is the story of London at war or, perhaps, of Londoners at war, for Philip Ziegler, known best as a biographer, is above all fascinated by the people who found their lives so suddenly and violently transformed- the querulous, tiresome yet strangely gallant housewife from West Hampstead; the turbulent, left wing retired schoolmaster from Walthamstow, always having a go at the authorities; the odiously snobbish middleclass lady from Kensington, sneering at the scum who took shelter in the Underground; the typist from Fulham, the plumber from Woolwich. It was their war, quite as much as it was Churchill's or the King's as this is their history. Through a wealth of interviews and unpublished letters and diaries, as well as innumerable books and newspapers, the author has built up a vivid picture of

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712698719
ISBN-10: 071269871X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 154mm x 29mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Philip Ziegler

Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he gained first class honours in Jurisprudence. He then joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Vientiane, Paris, Pretoria and Bogota before resigning to join the publishers William Collins, where he was editorial director for over fifteen years. He lives in London.

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