illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E.
Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal
battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course of history.
D-Day is the
epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the
horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished
historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear
and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused
democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had
more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German
veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be
abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own
initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.
begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne
troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight, June 6/7. Focusing on those
pivotal twenty-four hours, the book moves from the level of Supreme Commander
to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper,
from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose’s D-Day is the most
honored account of one of our history’s most important days.
mostly about people, but goes even further in evoking the horror, the
endurance, the daring and indeed, the human failings at Omaha Beach...
Outstanding.” --The New York Times Book Review
drama and information, never losing sight of the horrors of combat, Ambrose's
D-Day is the best book yet on what many historians consider to be the most
important day of the twentieth century.” --San Francisco Chronicle
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