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Sir Max Hastings is the author of twenty-five books, many of them about war. He was educated at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, which he quit after a year to become a journalist. Thereafter he reported for newspapers and BBC TV from sixty-four countries and eleven conflicts, notably the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Vietnam and the 1982 Battle for the Falklands. Between 1986 and 2002 he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and for his books, most recently the 2012 Chicago Pritzker Library's $100,000 literary award for his contribution to military history, and the RUSI's Westminster Medal for his international best-seller 'All Hell Let Loose'.

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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading 3 previous books about the D-day invasion, I can finally say that I won't be buying any more after reading this one. Other historians write as well as Max Hastings, but none have included both the perspective from the Allies as well as the Germans. When you put this book down, you'll have the experience of truly understanding what it was like to be in Northern France in 1944, and not only in the staff rooms of the generals involved, but also what the average private had to endure, in both armies. Anyone who is interested in this topic and doesn't read "Overlord" by Hastings is really missing out. Its money well spent.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Knight on 29 Jun. 2009
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This book provides a very informative picture of the D-Day landings and the immediate aftermath. It pulls no punches and gives an un-biased appraisal of each armies performance and command structure, warts and all. It understands that this was an action fought by men who were basically civilians from democracies, on the allied side, and the problems that such an army ineviatably has in pressing home battles that demand a high attrition rate. (Maybe Stephen Ambrose could take a lesson from this ).Recommended
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hawthorn on 12 Jun. 2009
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Probably the best book on the Normandy campaign just a shame that this excellent book is so badly let down by its presentation, unlike Monty who always made such a good show of such poor performance. Poor printing, especially of the nearly unreadable maps, really does an injustice to this excellent, judicious account.

Out of Ambrose, Beevor and Hastings I'd recommend Hastings, just make sure your have a good pair of glasses!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JH on 20 April 2012
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Hastings book on the Battle for Normandy is not the most detailed book on the subject. However, as an avid reader of World War II, I would say this is one of the best evaluations of the battle for Normandy. The book covers the war from D-Day to closing of the Falaise Pocket. Hastings seeks to explain not only what happened, but why it happened. Hastings starts off summarizing what lead up to the cross-Channel attack and discusses the status of the attacking and defending armies. Hasting does not spend a lot of time here. As he says others have already covered this area to significant detail. If you want to really know about what led up to the cross-Channel attack I would recommend CROSS CHANNEL ATTACK by Gordon Harrison. One area he does dwell on is the Air Forces. While he praises their accomplishments in support of the Allied invasion and ground campaign, he does not shy away pointing out their lack of team spirit and poor coordination with the Army especially in regard to close ground air support. Hastings has also written a book, Bomber Command (Pan Grand Strategy Series), which discusses the air war in World War II in more detail.

I found Hastings's writing style is easy to digest and well paced keeping my interest. The book uses endnotes to identify sources properly. He uses firsthand accounts to add color and references to his points. I did find that he would occasionally provide an account that was not representative of the overall events without presenting the context. I found that these cases would lead to incorrect impressions.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By skorzeny@tiscalinet.it on 5 Dec. 1999
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I am an italian fanatic of the battle of Normandy who read a lot of books on this subject and I must say that this is my preferit book because it's the only who recreates in a detailed way,from the strategic to the tactical point of view(in particular way) the war between two different sides . When you arrive at the end of it you have really a complete vision of the difficulties of a battle that only on the russian front has been of a such intensity.It's a book similar to the books of Cornelius ryan but much more deep ,if you interest the war in Normandy and you want the best buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bruinsma on 5 Jun. 2009
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For readers not initiated in army terminology, 'Overlord' might present a challenge, for they will be spending a lot of time in the (usefull) appendices with information about acronyms and army-structure.

'Overlord' is at times a personal account, given the picture of the authors father in an army vehicle and the authors own military experience.

Especially interesting is the emphases on the excellent skills of the German forces, despite the catastrophous decisions made bij the German commanders.

A rare occasion where calling a book 'depressing' is meant as compliment...
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By gwi on 20 Nov. 2002
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For military history buffs this is Max Hastings at his best (a good historian whose conservative politics don't intrude). The books covers the build-up in early 1944, then takes us through the invasion in it’s various phases culminating with the German collapse and retreat in August. Hastings's questions are fascinating. Why did the Germans not collapse faster, given allied air power and superiority in manpower and guns? Why were their small formations so effective, and why was morale so high (even though most officers knew the war was lost)? It’s highly readable stuff with excellent maps, and provides a nice balance between personal narrative (largely from soldiers' correspondence) and the big picture.
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