Leo McKinstry - Spitfire - Hodder & Stoughton

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781848545038
    • Publication date:14 Oct 2010
  • Downloadable audio file £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473689688
    • Publication date:26 Apr 2018

Spitfire

Portrait of a Legend

By Leo McKinstry

  • Paperback
  • £12.99

The gripping saga of the plane that carried Britain through the Second World War.

In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain.

A self-confident Herman Göring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born.

Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.

Biographical Notes

Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator . He has also written five books including a study of the Labour Party and a best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers. Born in Belfast he was educated in Ireland and at Cambridge University.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780719568756
  • Publication date: 29 May 2008
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: John Murray
Praise for ROSEBERY: — .
Stunning ... As well as being meticulously researched, it is beautifully written and has tremendous pace — Literary Review
Absorbing ... McKinstry has here proved himself to be a first-class historical biographer — Mail on Sunday
With masterly skill and sympathy, Leo McKinstry resurrects him as the Hamlet of late Victorian England — Daily Mail
An authoritative and original biography which is also a riveting read' — Spectator
Superbly well-researched and well-written ... A truly first-class addition to the genre of Prime Ministerial biography — Sunday Telegraph
'An absolutely wonderful biography ... gripping and entertaining' — Evening Standard
'A first class biography, scholarly, judicious and always interesting' — Glasgow Herald
'Remarkable' — Country Life
'Judicious, well-researched and engrossing' — Sunday Times
'This is undoubtably the definitive biography of Rosebery. Written with elegance, clarity and well-judged colour' — Jonathan Parry, Times Literary Supplement
'It does a wonderful job of conjuring up the lost world of late Victorian politics' — Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph
'Admirable biography of a paradoxical figure whose tenure at No 10 was a disaster' — Jeremy Lewis, Sunday Times
Hodder & Stoughton

Death in Ten Minutes

Fern Riddell
Authors:
Fern Riddell
John Murray

Bad Girls

Caitlin Davies
Authors:
Caitlin Davies
Hodder & Stoughton

A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation

Nick Page
Authors:
Nick Page
Hodder Paperbacks

Operation Thunderbolt

Saul David
Authors:
Saul David
Coronet

The Gestapo

Frank McDonough
Authors:
Frank McDonough

A Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Week' (August 2015)Longlisted for 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman PrizeRanked in 100 Best Books of 2015 in the Daily TelegraphProfessor Frank McDonough is one of the leading scholars and most popular writers on the history of Nazi Germany. Frank McDonough's work has been described as, 'modern history writing at its very best...Ground-breaking, fascinating, occasionally deeply revisionist' by renowned historian Andrew Roberts. Drawing on a detailed examination of previously unpublished Gestapo case files this book relates the fascinating, vivid and disturbing accounts of a cross-section of ordinary and extraordinary people who opposed the Nazi regime. It also tells the equally disturbing stories of their friends, neighbours, colleagues and even relatives who were often drawn into the Gestapo's web of intrigue. The book reveals, too, the cold-blooded and efficient methods of the Gestapo officers. This book will also show that the Gestapo lacked the manpower and resources to spy on everyone as it was reliant on tip offs from the general public. Yet this did not mean the Gestapo was a weak or inefficient instrument of Nazi terror. On the contrary, it ruthlessly and efficiently targeted its officers against clearly defined political and racial 'enemies of the people'. The Gestapo will provide a chilling new doorway into the everyday life of the Third Reich and give powerful testimony from the victims of Nazi terror and poignant life stories of those who opposed Hitler's regime while challenging popular myths about the Gestapo.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Last Battle

Cornelius Ryan
Authors:
Cornelius Ryan

The Battle for Berlin was the final struggle of World War II in the European theatre, the last offensive against Hitler's Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe's historic capitals and brought an end to the Nazi regime. It lasted more than two weeks across April -- May 1945, and was one of the bloodiest and most pivotal episodes of the war, one which would play a part in determining the shape of international politics for decades to come. THE LAST BATTLE is a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.

John Murray

No Better Friend

Robert Weintraub
Authors:
Robert Weintraub
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Granada

Steven Nightingale
Authors:
Steven Nightingale
Hodder & Stoughton

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair
Authors:
Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair
John Murray

Abducting a General

Patrick Leigh Fermor
Authors:
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Hodder & Stoughton

Agincourt

Ranulph Fiennes
Authors:
Ranulph Fiennes

600 years after the Battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event that has resonated throughout British and French history.On 25th October 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle. All four were English knights, ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and part of the army of England's King Henry V. Across the valley, four sons of the French arm of the Fiennes family were confident that the Dauphin's army would win the day... Ranulph Fiennes explains how his own ancestors were key players through the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French history that led up to Agincourt, and he uses his experience as expedition leader and soldier to give us a fresh perspective on one of the bloodiest periods of medieval history. With fascinating detail on the battle plans, weaponry and human drama of Agincourt, this is a gripping evocation of a historical event integral to English identity.

John Murray

Operation Sealion

Leo McKinstry
Authors:
Leo McKinstry

'Superbly written and gripping' Daily ExpressThe thrilling true account of Hitler's first defeat.In the summer of 1940, the Nazi war machine was at its zenith. France, Denmark, Norway and the Low Countries were all under occupation after a series of lightning military campaigns. Only Britain stood in the way of the complete triumph of Nazi tyranny. But for the first time in the war, Hitler did not prevail. The traditional narrative of 1940 holds that Britain was only saved from German conquest by the pluck of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The image of Dad's Army recruits training with broomsticks is a classic symbol of the nation's supposed desperation in the face of the threat from Operation Sealion, as the German plan for invasion was code-named. Yet as Leo McKinstry details, the British were far more ruthless and proficient than is usually recognised. The brilliance of the RAF was not an exception but part of a pattern of magnificent organisation. In almost every sphere of action, such as the destruction of the French naval fleet or the capture of German spies, Britain's approach reflected an uncompromising spirit of purpose and resolution. Using a wealth of primary materials from both British and German archives, Leo McKinstry provides a ground-breaking new assessment of the six fateful months in mid-1940, beginning with Winston Churchill's accession to power in May and culminating in Germany's abandonment of Operation Sealion.

John Murray

When Paris Went Dark

Ronald Rosbottom
Authors:
Ronald Rosbottom

In May and June 1940 almost four million people fled Paris and its suburbs in anticipation of a German invasion. On June 14, the German Army tentatively entered the silent and eerily empty French capital. Without one shot being fired in its defence, the Occupation of Paris had begun. When Paris Went Dark tells the extraordinary story of Germany's capture and Occupation of Paris, Hitler's relationship with the City of Light, and its citizens' attempts at living in an environment that was almost untouched by war, but which had become uncanny overnight. Beginning with the Phoney War and Hitler's first visit to the city, acclaimed literary historian and critic Ronald Rosbottom takes us through the German Army's almost unopposed seizure of Paris, its bureaucratic re-organization of that city, with the aid of collaborationist Frenchmen, and the daily adjustments Parisians had to make to this new oppressive presence. Using memoirs, interviews and published eye-witness accounts, Rosbottom expertly weaves a narrative of daily life for both the Occupier and the Occupied. He shows its effects on the Parisian celebrity circles of Pablo Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir, Colette, Jean Cocteau, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and on the ordinary citizens of its twenty arrondissements. But Paris is the protagonist of this story, and Rosbottom provides us with a template for seeing the City of Light as more than a place of pleasure and beauty.

Hodder & Stoughton

Lucky Johnny

Johnny Sherwood
Authors:
Johnny Sherwood
Hodder & Stoughton

100 Days to Victory: How the Great War Was Fought and Won 1914-1918

Saul David
Authors:
Saul David
Teach Yourself

Understand Roman Civilization: Teach Yourself

Paula James
Authors:
Paula James

This remarkable and original introduction to Roman civilization starts with a tour of Rome, and uses real sights which you can visit today as a starting point for discussions of all aspects of Roman life. From art and architecture, to politics and propaganda, this is a unique and accessible guide to the civlizaton that shaped the world as it is today.Readers will gain new insights into the Roman past, its people, its psychology and its society - and they will feel encouraged and confident to visit Rome themselves or to read its most important texts.

Teach Yourself

Understand Mussolini's Italy: Teach Yourself

David Evans
Authors:
David Evans
Teach Yourself

Understand Nazi Germany: Teach Yourself

Michael Lynch
Authors:
Michael Lynch

Understand Nazi Germany is an accessible introduction to one of the most controversial and debated periods of history. The years 1933-45 witnessed the take-over of Germany by a man and a movement whose racial and political policies are now regarded with universal abhorrence, but which at the time were genuinely popular. This gripping study explains not only the key events, but their causes and impacts.

Teach Yourself

Understand Stalin's Russia: Teach Yourself

David Evans
Authors:
David Evans
Hodder & Stoughton

Sweating the Metal

Alex Duncan
Authors:
Alex Duncan

With bullets flying, wounded soldiers scream out in pain as the Chinook comes in to land in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. At the machine's controls is one man and if he doesn't stay calm then everyone could die. That man is Flt Lt Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan and he's been involved in some of the most daring and dangerous missions undertaken by the Chinook force in Afghanistan. In this book he recounts his experiences of life under fire in the dust, heat and bullets of an active war zone.At 99ft long, the Chinook is a big and valuable target to the Taliban, who will stop at nothing to bring one down. And yet Frenchie and his crew risk everything because they know that the troops on the front line are relying on them.Sweating the Metal is the true story of the raw determination and courage of men on the front line - and it's time for their story to be told.