16 April 2014, The Tablet

Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

by Jerry White

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Reviewed by Eleanor UpdaleBODLEY HEAD, 400pp, £25 Tablet bookshop price £22.50 Tel 01420 592974 Although we haven’t even reached the precise anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, already we are awash with books about it. If you read only one, choose Zeppelin Nights, which is packed with new information and avoids the clichés that are wearying us all. It’s the story of London from 1914-18, and how the war reshaped the capital into the city we see today. Jerry White knows the history of London intimately, and he writes with the precision of a professional historian. Everything is meticulously (but unobtrusively) annotated in a way that is becoming too uncommon, but the book’s primary strength is White’s narrative style, whic
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