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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145515654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455156542
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,048,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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By A Customer on 11 Jun. 2004
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I first read this many years ago (it's an old book (1959)), but prodded by the 60th anniversary celebrations, I bought another copy and re-read it. It retains its hold even over 40 years after it was written. Ryan presents the story simply and well, often letting the participants tell their own story (and back then the invasion had "only" been 25 years before and many more of the participants were still alive and their memories were fresh).
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
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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.
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Ryan wrote what many consider the definitive account of D-Day way back in 1959. Don't let this fool you.
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.
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This is a superb book, for both the serious historian and casual reader alike. Ryan's well researched account of perhaps the most important single day in the 20th Century draws together a vast amount of factual data from the archives of both side, and hundreds of eye witness accounts collected by Ryan himself. He then presents them to the reader in a extremely readable and balanced style, presenting the thoughts, feelings, horrors as well as the orders of the day. From the generals on both sides to the infantry and civilians on the beaches who lived through it, Ryan brings it all together. An excellent, highly addictive read.
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Cornelius Ryan is a worthy spokesman for the people who's stories he tells so well. Stories that most certainly are based on interviews with, verbal and/or written accounts by the soldiers who took part in this epic operation of all operations and the civilians who found themselves caught up in it. Ryan has a remarkable way to present military history that is entertaining as well as truthful, honest and accurate. Close your eyes and you can probably recall some of the famous photos from Operation Overlord - the D-day landings. Read the book and experience these photos become a motion picture ... !
Capt. SLL Staff Officer, Tactics Branch, Danish Army Combat school.
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