The Battle of Britain was one of the seminal events of the 20th century. It was a battle in which Britain was fighting for its very survival throughout the summer and autumn of 1940 against a brutal, authoritarian regime (the Third Reich) which bestrode Norway and Western Europe as a seemingly unbeatable Colossus following its blitzkrieg victories of the spring. This was a battle in which air power for the first time in warfare was the decisive element in a military campaign.
Patrick Bishop does a masterful job in evoking the personalities, aircraft, and spirit of RAF Fighter Command (Britain's defender) and its nemesis, the Luftwaffe. Next to Stephen Bungay's "The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain" (which I had the pleasure of reading a decade ago), this is one of the most readable, poignant, and comprehensive accounts of the Battle of Britain likely to be found anywhere. I would recommend it not just for aviation enthusiasts or students of the Second World War. But also for anyone who loves to read stories of compelling human interest. This is a book to be cherished and reread again and again, with thanks and gratitude.