Price solves the problem of anonymity by concentrating on a single crew and, in particular, on one man, bomb aimer Ken Cook, one of the last survivors of Bomber Command. This personalised approach has become popular over the past 20 years. Max Hastings and Antony Beevor, among others, have focused on individuals to provide a more nuanced portrayal of war than found in conventional military histories or in heroic films such as The Dam Busters. While Price lacks the lyricism of Hastings or Beevor, he has given the bomber offensive a human face. This book, although packed with facts, still has a heart and soul.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator