The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain
Stephen Bungay's magisterial history is acclaimed as the account of the Battle of Britain. Unrivalled for its synthesis of all previous historical accounts, for the quality of its strategic analysis and its truly compulsive narrative, this is a book ultimately distinguished by its conclusions - that it was the British in the Battle who displayed all the virtues of efficiency, organisation and even ruthlessness we habitually attribute to the Germans, and they who fell short in their amateurism, ill-preparedness, poor engineering and even in their old-fashioned notions of gallantry. An engrossing read for the military scholar and the general reader alike, this is a classic of military history that looks beyond the mythology, to explore all the tragedy and comedy; the brutality and compassion of war.
'Stephen Bungay delves into new ground. These threads have been woven together to form an eloquent and informative tapestry... It will be difficult for a new work on this subject to add any more to our knowledge of those months in 1940' -- Wingspan 'The magnitude and vital importance of the Battle of Britain has found a superb chronicler in Stephen Bungay, whose book is the best single-volume history to be published in over a decade' -- Andrew Roberts 'The most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain that has yet appeared' -- Times Literary Supplement 'A fascinating case history in illusion and reality. He dispels the myths and kills the cliches... Admirable' -- Sunday Times
STEPHEN BUNGAY was born in Kent in 1954 and educated at Oxford and Tubingen. He has spent his career working for the Boston Consulting Group in London and Munich as a chief executive in an insurance company. He is now working in executive education, specialising in military history and modern management practice. His first book, The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain, published by Aurum in 2001 has now become accepted as the definitive book on the subject. His subsequent book, Alamein, also published by Aurum, was praised by Lawrence James in the Daily Mail as 'a brilliant balance between lucid analysis and piquant detail', and by John Lukacs in the Los Angeles Times as 'terse and brilliantly written by a thorough master of his subject'. He regularly appears on TV documentaries about the Second World War. He lives in Kent.