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The Definitive Guide from an accomplished historian,
This review is from: The Longest Day: June 6th, 1944 (Wordsworth Military Library) (Paperback)
Written before memories faded or were tainted by politics and self-interest this book provides the definitive guide to D-Day.
Later writers (such as Steven Ambrose) rely very heavily on Ryan and fail to capture the sheer scale of the exercise, the range of experiences and the extraordinary circumstances individuals found themselves in while still conveying the sheer tatical and strategic sweep of the operation. (Interestingly enough a few modern authors claim to be 'definitive' and yet do not credit Ryan in their sources, draw your own conclusions)
Also pleasing is Ryan's inclusion of the different nationalities involved on all sides. One gets a true picture of the fantastic common effort of troops (ordinary people before and after the war) from many countries allied against the Axis. Later writers tend to write for one audience / marjet and by concentrating on one nation / army overlook perhaps the most important factor of the day - the fantastic and selfless co-operation and courage fielded against tyranny.
Higly recommended for all - especially those squandering money on recent and less accomplished histories.