James Kirby Martin, known for his pathbreaking writing on Revolutionary America, has produced his first co-authored historical novel, Surviving Dresden: A Novel about Life, Death, and Redemption in World War II. Can history and fiction work together to bring greater clarity to understanding the past? Martin thinks so and will explain why in this presentation about the controversial bombing and destruction of the German cultural city of Dresden in 1945.
Surviving Dresden beautifully portrays the poignant and inspiring human struggle between good and evil in the search for peace during the last bloody days of World War II.
On the ground that horrific night is a courageous young Jewish woman, Gisela Kauffmann. Having just received orders to be herded off to a concentration camp, Gisela will do anything to save herself and her family. In the air, RAF bomber Captain Wallace Campbell is torn between his sworn military duty to bomb an unarmed city crowded with refugees, and his growing conviction that total war is immoral.
"If you love history and suspense, you'll love Surviving Dresden." -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of "In the Heart of the Sea" and "Valiant Ambition"
"An evocative, inventive tale of war and moral judgement. Surviving Dresden vividly brings to life one of the most controversial episodes of the Second World War." -- Rick Atkinson. Pulitzer Prize winning author of the World War II Liberation Trilogy
"Surviving Dresden offers a moving and insightful story of one of the great human tragedies in human history, told from the point of view of those who lived through it. A compelling read." -- Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian at the National Medal of Honor Museum
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