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The Secret History of the Blitz: Chancers, Outcasts and Unsung Heroes—Life in the Shadows During Britain's Darkest Days

Joshua Levine
Item #: D70127
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 373 / 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781471162312
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Any mention of the Blitz is likely to conjure up images of Londoners huddled in the Underground, or bravely upholding standards of daily life while the city was being reduced to rubble. Was there more to it than just a life-or-death struggle? Taking a broader view of the era, the author of Operation Fortitude reveals a time which saw increased job opportunities for women, a spike in nightclub attendance, and a growing acceptance of alternate lifestyles, but also a resurgence of prostitution. In addition to introducing London's Muslim community and recounting the story of the Jamaican sailors who were crossing the country at the time, Joshua Levine also looks at the darker side of the time period, as racketeers and looters sought to capitalize on the chaos in the capital.

"[This book is] vivid, unexpected, poignant and sometimes awe-inspiring."—Juliet Gardiner

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