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The Destruction of Dresden

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The Destruction of Dresden is a 1963 non-fiction book which describes the February 1945 bombing of Dresden in World War II. The book is based on a series of 37 articles written on the strategic bombing during World War II by David Irving called Wie Deutschlands Städte starben (English: How Germany's Cities Died) for the German journal Neue Illustrierte. The book became an ...more
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Published by Focal Point Publications (first published 1963)
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Manny
Why I Refuse to Read David Irving

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Don
Have to read to believe as it sure is stated that the Victors are usually the ones to write the history books. Irving bucks that trend by giving a full account. Must read.

Horrible massive death and destruction. In most cases this was bad. Similar to the Fire Bombings that took place in Japan before the US unleashed the final two to end the war:the Fat Man and Little Boy.
Lyle
Jun 16, 2008 Lyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written account of the firebombing of the German city Dresden during WWII. Extensively researched, it helped settle in my mind whether the firebombing should be considered a war crime.
No Remorse
Jul 30, 2010 No Remorse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A truly well re-searched and detailed account of the holocaust on the German people and hundreds of thousands of refugees bombed, fire-bombed, bombed for a third time and burned alive and machine gunned down in Dresden, Germany at the end of WWII. This is a book you might want to purchase two copies of; one to take a highlighter to, and the other; a clean edition for your historical book collection. Remember Dresden.

Notes:
*10pm February 13-14, 1945

*original Dresden Population: 630,000
+ Refugees

*
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Jordan Cloud
Apr 01, 2016 Jordan Cloud rated it did not like it
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Irving's treatment of the bombing has been categorically refuted by historian Richard Evans, who demonstrates with a mass of evidence in Lying about Hitler that Irving not only falsified and manipulated sources in writing this book, but a number of his other works as well. Written by a legally convicted Holocaust denier and shunned by the historical community, Irving's work is not to be trusted.
Kurry Swigert
Jun 22, 2016 Kurry Swigert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book serves to remind us all how brutal humans can be when swept up in war. A fascinating read on the bombing of Dresden in WW2. I found it hard to put down.
Yael
Dec 10, 2015 Yael rated it it was amazing
Required reading for a true account of allied crimes of WWII. Dresden was a tragedy and it has its memory engraved into history with Irving's brilliant book.
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I have no intention of reading this books because the author wears odd socks and refuses to give money to the homeless - even if they DANCE for it! Plus, I totally saw him making out with Brad in the Dog & Bull last week.

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Rob
May 01, 2012 Rob rated it it was amazing
Meticulously detailed account of the Allied firebombing of Dresden which they roasted,baked and boiled alive 200,000 civilians over a 2 day period.
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Sep 27, 2013 Lobstergirl marked it as zum-lesen  ·  review of another edition
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Well I would like to read this, if my library system had it. It's kind of bewildering that they don't.
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David Irving is a British historian, who is accused of trivializing the holocaust. His books are mostly about the second world war and the Third Reich including topics like Josef Goebbels, Winston Churchill and the bombings of Dresden. In 1996 Irving filed a libel lawsuit against Penguin books and lost, the judge finding Irving guilty of deliberate and gross distortions of history. This lawsuit re ...more
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