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A Bridge Too Far Hardcover – 1 Sep 1974

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  • Hardcover: 670 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (1 Sept. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671217925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671217921
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The most brilliant reporter now alive' (Malcolm Muggeridge, 1973)

'I know of no other work of literature of World War II as moving, as awesome and as accurate in its portrayal of human courage.' (General James A Gavin) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The true story of the greatest battle of World War II - back in print and now packaged as a Great Read.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree with the sentiments of the reader from Harrow wholeheartedly. Whether Operation Market Garden was a success or a failure, militarily sound or more an expression of the ambition of some of the personalities involved, it should be remembered by generations which follow as an example of supreme sacrifice and unparalleled courage. The Operation may have failed in its goals but no soldiers have fought harder and achieved so much than the airborne forces in Market Garden.
Veterans of other brutal engagements such as Anzio and Omaha Beach attested that the fighting they experienced in Arnhem, Nijmegen and elsewhere was the most ferocious and sustained they had ever seen. These personal views of the troops merely confirm Ryan's own excellent and harrowing decriptions of the desperate and relentless fighting.
The human cost of the Operation was appalling which, since this was due largely to some really dreadful oversights made by the Allies in the planning of the operation, makes the astronomic casualty rate - and the superhuman courage of the ultimately doomed servicemen - all the more distressing.
Ryan's book is very comprehensive and expertly researched, often exclusively from the very Commanders involved in the Operation (right to the very top!). The story unfolds at pace and Ryan keeps the reader completely abreast of all the events and the situations facing all the hopeless and strewn units (as they happen simultaneously throughout the region) in a masterful way. You can feel the futility and frustration of the besieged units growing with every delay of the armoured column and every German reinforcement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read A Bridege Too far twice because of the wealth of information and because I wanted to cross check it with another reference work. Mr. Ryan's work is superb. I have also read Christopher Hibbert's account of this epic battle and his story falls far short of the mark. I have also read General Roy Urquhart's story and he errs in only one area. That being how the entire set of battle plans falls into General Student's hands at the beginning of the battle. The footnote on page 255 in Mr. Ryan's book answers this question. When going from Mr. Ryan work to Mr. Hibbert work, I get the distinct impression that Mr. Ryan's book is fair and unbiased while Mr. Hibbert's is just the opposite. He blames General Eisenhower for the failure while the real blame for the failure should be at the doorstep of the 21st Army Group. Mr. Hibbert also says that the entire set of plans were found in the coat pocket of a dead American. This myth will easily be dispelled if you read the footnote that I mentioned above. Mr. Ryan's work is true and complete and he is also a marvelous storyteller. There were so many reasons for the failure of this battle that it is difficult to decide on the main reason. However, I truly feel that the main reason for the British failure at Arnhem was because they would not accept any information from the Dutch Underground, even after a visit to General Mongomery's headquarters by Crown Prince Bernhard who pleaded with him to re-evaluate the reports of Dutch Underground.They were polite but firm in their refusal to heed their information. Now I find that rather strange, because the British and Americans both listened to and rightly evaluated all of the other underground networks. The French, Polish, Norwegian..etc. why the fallout with the Dutch? Then I remembered reading a few years back a book by another famous author who explained why the British did not trust the Dutch Underground. Does anyone else know the answer to this riddle?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
The battle for the Rhine bridges around Arnhem gets forgotten about because (from an allied perspective) it was a disaster and no-one likes to talk about their disasters. I found it very difficult to read this book because of the terrible things it described, but I couldn't put it down anyway. If you've seen the film and put the whole battle down as a relatively minor incident during WW2 you ought to read this book and learn just what went on. In it's way it's every bit as important as Normandy or Stalingrad and the people who were there, civilian and military, from whichever side, deserve to be remembered by us. Read it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
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Ihave now read all of Cornelius Ryan's books and I can say that they are all works of art. With out doubt A Bridge Too Far is my personal favorite but every book that he has written has encapsulated the subject perfectly. It took Ryan seven years to research and write this book during which time he was suffering from cancer from which he later died. I think this book is testament to the fact that he was one of the greatest historical writers on WWII in the 20th century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GJ_Reading on 20 Oct. 2011
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By taking the journalistic approach, whilst ensuring the facts are as accurate as he could get them, Ryan's account of operation market garden is fascinating, compelling and at the same time personal.

Shifting between allied and German combatants, and the civilians caught in between, we follow events by the accounts of various groups of people.

Lives are pushed to the limit. Both good and evil, honour and dishonour are done in the extremes of battle.

Reading this reminds us that real people, not so different from you and I, experienced tension, fear and stress so far beyond our own lives that I at several points wondered if I would ever have been that brave or lucid, or would i have fallen apart like some did. I suspect many readers had similar thoughts.

Particularly fascinating is the experience of war at an indivual level, and the often surprisngly matter of fact relationship between enemies. Both Germans and allies could cooperate on matters of tending to injured or making arrangements for surrender and at times each showed the other mercy and kindess in the midst of all the violence.

By 'zooming' the focus of the book in and out of various individuals and groups of people we get the bigger picture at the same time as appreciating the smaller picture. A Superbly written book.
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