- Save 10% on selected children’s books, compliments of Amazon Family Promotion exclusive for Prime members .
The Longest Day: The D-Day Story, June 6th, 1944 Paperback – 8 Sep 2010
|New from||Used from|
Special offers and product promotions
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
'Fifty years from now, the history of D-Day will, I'm sure, lean heavily on this book.' --New York Times Book Review
'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. General James Gavin
'Ryan's classic military study.' --Publishers Weekly
From the Author
It is an excellent book for college students.
We are suggesting the book for all students to read because it gives such an excellent view of that part of history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Having interviewed over 1,000 individuals who took part in the action on that day, he weaves their personal experiences together seamlessly leaving the reader thoroughly engrossed.
Numerous tales of heroism, which those that took part simply considered normal, can seem somewhat unrealistic to the younger generations. That is what makes this book so rivetting.
Unlike some authors more recently, Ryan does not become enmeshed in regurgitation of numbers. To him the most important objective was to get this story across in the words of those people who really understood what happened that day.
Of great interest is how the book is finished. What jobs those who were interviewed had in 1959 when the book was published for the first time. So many extraordinary people with ordinary jobs. But their exploits will never be forgotten as long as people read books such as this.
One of the most amazing things for me was how ordinary guys, placed in extraordinary situations, can do extraordinary things. Like the young, inexperienced Americans, caught in the bloody shambles of Omaha Beach, who nevertheless fought their way off that beach and gained a beachhead. Or the British paratroopers, dropped to take a heavily-defended German artillery strongpoint of over 250 men, and having lost all but 150 of their 700 men and all their heavy equipment, nevertheless did it. Or the US Army Rangers who scaled the nine-story cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in the face of intense small arms and grenade bombardment to take out big German guns (which turned out not to be there yet!).
To emphasise this, Ryan presents in the end a list of his interviewees and what they were doing then (when the book was published). "Bricklayer", "shop assistant", "chemical worker", "male nurse". These extraordinary heroes of the greatest amphibious operation ever undertaken against the foulest tyranny ever seen had simply disappeared back into ordinary life.
Ryan also tells the story from the German side, dispassionately and with sensitivity, reflecting the fact that these other ordinary guys were also only doing their job.
In the end, what shines through is the human qualities of all the participants, on both sides. If only our various governments would use these properly, and not misuse them, as Adolf Hitler did, we could have a much better world
It gave a great background to the events of the day and quite a lot of the places named in the book are still there.
The tales in both the book and at the sites in France tend to make you feel really humble
when you think waht these men went through.
If your visiting the area then this is well worth reading beforehand.
Capt. SLL Staff Officer, Tactics Branch, Danish Army Combat school.