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|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster||Publication Year:||1994|
|This classic bestseller--back in print to coincide with the 50th anniversary of D-Day--offers a brilliant, authentic, gripping account of the hours that preceded and followed the Allied invasion of Normandy. Fifty years from now the history of D-Day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.--John Toland, New York Times Book Review.|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||293621|
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|Table of Content||Contents Foreword: D Day, Tuesday, June 6, 1944PART ONETHE WAITPART TWOTHE NIGHTPART THREETHE DAYA Note on CasualtiesD-Day Veterans: What They Do TodayAcknowledgmentsBibliographyIndex|
|Number of Pages||352 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||D756.5.N6r9 1994|
|Reviews||J.H. ThompsonChicago Sunday TribuneA dramatic, moving masterpiece, a living memorial to the men who died and as suspenseful as the most gripping mystery story., John TolandThe New York Times Book ReviewFifty years from now, the history of D-Day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book., Lt. Gen. James GavinIf you have read all the accounts of D-Day or none of them, if you were in the fighting or on the sidelines, you will be spellbound, as I was, by this magnificent retelling of a glorious and tragic story., "If you have read all the accounts of D-Day or none of them, if you were in the fighting or on the sidelines, you will be spellbound, as I was, by this magnificent retelling of a glorious and tragic story."-- Lt. Gen. James Gavin, "A dramatic, moving masterpiece, a living memorial to the men who died and as suspenseful as the most gripping mystery story." -- J. H. Thompson, Chicago Sunday Tribune, "Fifty years from now, the history of D-Day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book." -- John Toland, The New York Times Book Review|
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A popular classic
It's not a book written for military experts and surely instructors at the War College will choke on it, but it's the classic that sold well and made possible the publication of other books about a war that was already being forgotten. One of the reasons it sold well, I'm sure, is that it's about an Allied victory achieved at enormous cost. I mean, look at who landed on D-Day: Americans, French, British, and Canadians. And of course we won. Ryan's equally well-researched follow-up book, "A Bridge Too Far," was also about an Allied operation, "Market Garden," involving airborn troops in Holland. But the operation was a failure and nobody wanted to read about a failure. Let the world know if you find a book with a title like, "The Battle of the Java Sea," would you? A long and detailed movie was made, based on "The Longest Day," and it's not bad. And, in a way, this is the story behind the story of "Saving Private Ryan." Well worth reading.
Brilliant story of the most crucial day of the 20th Century.
This was the first of the Cornelius Ryan Trilogy (the others being "The Last Battle" and "A Bridge Too Far") and shows Ryan's style for in-depth reporting of a famous battle. The book was made into a huge, blockbuster movie in the '60's but sections must have been used for "Saving Private Ryan". By interviewing members of both sides of the battle, plus the civilians caught in the middle, Ryan writes an incredible story that displays the excitement, the terror, and even the small pieces of humor, that make up huge battles. Any history student interested in WWII should put this book at the top of their list.
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