The Secret History of the Blitz
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For a Hampstead woman in 1940, the experience of a bomb landing nearby turned 'a horrid, sick sort of fear' into 'pure and flawless happiness'. Such contradictions are typical of the paradoxical effects of the Blitz, which united people in a so-called 'Blitz spirit' and relaxed the usual social strictures but also encouraged crime, racketeering and looting. This history from the author of the bestselling Forgotten Voices series examines the experiences of Britons faced with these unprecedented circumstances.