John Kelly is the author of nine books about science, medicine, and human behavior, including the critically acclaimed The Great Mortality and Three on the Edge. He lives in New York City and Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
Although World War II began in Europe in September, 1939, it was followed by the approximately six month period of what was called the Phony War: Universal national mobilization, decisions on strat
“narrative history at its literary best.”
“Often the prose often becomes functional, leaden—rhyming off lists, dates in history, naming streets—but this serves to accentuate the more lyrical passages, the flecks of gold glinting in
“John Kelly conveys an impressive study of the firsthand accounts, the government reports, and the secondary scholarship within a well-paced, judicious presentation of what too often has be