Damien Lewis is a “#1 Sunday Times” bestselling author and historian, who was named as one of the ’Most Influential People in the Military, 2019’ and ’One of the nation’s 20 favourite authors’ (World Book Day).
An award-winning journalist, Damien Lewis was a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting for over two decades from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Trust, a member of the London-based Victory Services Club, a member of the The Artists Rifles Clubhouse and the Mars and Minerva Shooting Club, a member of the Society of Authors, a member of the Director’s Guild of Great Britain (for film and TV directors), and a Founding Member of the Irish Film and Television Agency.
In 2003 Lewis wrote his first book about elite military operations, Operation Certain Death, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, followed by the #1 special forces bestseller Zero Six Bravo. Since then Lewis has penned a dozen related bestsellers, including Operation Relentless (presently being made into a TV drama series by eOne and Imagine TV), and the WWII special forces bestsellers Hunting The Nazi Bomb, SAS Ghost Patrol, and SAS Italian Job.
This is a truly cinematic story, told by a master military historian. It reveals the greatest deception operation of the war - how stealing the German’s state-of-the-art radar enabled the Allies to safeguard the D Day landings, by using tinfoil strips scattered in the skies to create ghost fleets where none existed, so tricking the enemy as to where the landings were taking place.
The story of this daring operation will be released 78 years after its undertaking, and with the global popularity of true stories of wartime heroism (think Dunkirk, The Imitation Game, Killing Hitler) this story is part of the larger narrative of brave men whose heroism helped to win the war, pulled from never-before-seen WWII archives on the technicians, pilots, and military masterminds who won the Radar Wars.
Churchill’s Shadow Raiders was #17 on the Bookscan HC history bestseller list.
Praise for Churchill's Shadow Raiders
“Lewis presents a richly detailed and nail-biting tale. For readers who enjoy well-told history and scholars of World War II.”
“This highly informative book almost reads like a genuine techno-thriller as the author describes the “wizard’s war” between England and Germany over the use of radar in the air war during 1940–1942….The author does an excellent job of blending technology and action to tell the amazing true story of one of the most daring but almost unknown special operations of the war….Engaging and suspenseful…this book is a real page-turner, balancing the blend of describing electronic gadgetry and heroic adventure to bring to life one of World War II’s most audacious special operations.”
—New York Journal of Books
"Superb....Reads like an adventure novel and the reader may be excused in forgetting that it is a history book."
—SOFREP Military Grade Content
“Damien Lewis's book is an excellent account of raid's events but more important is how he tells the story. Rather than a dry recounting of the history of the Paras and the raid, Lewis recognizes tells this story as a human drama of daring and bravery. The personalities of the raiders and the challenges they faced makes this book highly readable and gives it a page-turning quality….One of the most readable World War 2 history books I have read in years”
—We Are the Mighty
“Scholarship and readability combine to intertwine the themes of radar technology, the growth of special operations, and the development of airborne forces….A work that reads like a thriller and tells a compelling story.”
—Army University Press
“Anyone who wants to learn more about the origins of the British Special Forces should read this book. It intertwines historical research and eyewitness testimony to tell the untold story of heroism, courage, and ingenuity.”
Damien Lewis’ wondrously realized “Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, WWII’s Invisible Secret Weapon” isn’t a work of fiction, but that doesn’t stop it from reading like a top-notch thriller fashioned by the likes of Jack Higgins or Frederick Forsyth. …This is adventure writing that would make Alistair MacLean proud, circa “The Guns of Navarone.” The narrative is so riveting and powerful that it’s easy forget you’re reading fact instead of fiction. Lewis writes with the alacrity of the great Erik Larson, while displaying an even keener sense of storytelling.”
Praise for Damien Lewis's Churchill's Hellraisers
“A little-known behind-the-lines spectacular led by two heroic British officers. Successful niche military history for a popular audience.”
“Military historian Lewis delivers an action-packed account of special operations missions against Nazi forces in Northern Italy during WWII…He sets a brisk pace and laces the narrative with colorful character sketches. Battleground history buffs will be entertained.”
Praise for Damien Lewis
“Intensely researched and powerfully written. One of the great untold stories of WWII.”
—Bear Grylls on SAS Ghost Patrol
“You couldn’t make these stories up, yet they’re true, and Lewis does the memory of these extraordinary men full justice in a tale that is both heart-stopping and moving.”
—Evening Standard on Hunting Hitler’s Nukes
“A valuable addition to World War II history, and a harbinger of the sort of war that the United States and other countries are learning to wage in the 21st century.”
—Washington Times on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
“One of the most extraordinary stories of World War II . . . a Howitzer of a tale.”
—The Daily Mail on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
“An enjoyable, thought-provoking read.”
—Soldier Magazine on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
“A truly astonishing story.”
—Weekend Sport on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
“Takes us into into the heart of clandestine battles.”
—Frederick Forsyth on Bloody Heroes
“A gripping story.”
—General Sir Mike Jackson on Bloody Heroes
“Suspensful and well-written . . . vividly recounts the soldier’s fatigue, stress and fear.”
—Kirkus Reviews on Zero Six Bravo
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