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I first read this superb work by Cornelius Ryan nearly twenty years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it . Since then , like many people , I have enjoyed watching the film several times . However , it has been a long time since I fully read the book . Coming to it afresh , after many years , has been a very rewarding experience . The book struck me as remarkably fresh . Despite the fact that nearly seventy years have passed since the battle took place it was as though Ryan were reporting an event that happened yesterday . I had to remind myself that this wasn't so . As a child I grew up with a neighbour who was an ex Para veteran of Arnhem . He was nineteen in 1944 , his first taste of action was Arnhem . I attended his funeral in 1999 when he was 74 . And yet Cornelus Ryans writing rolled back the years as if they had never passed . It is a fitting testimony to all the brave individuals who took part in the battle .
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on 27 April 2017
A classic book by the author of "The Longest Day", telling the story of Operation Market Garden and the attempt by the allies during WWII to capture the bridges over the rivers in Holland and thus enter Germany from the North East and down the Ruhr. A thoroughly enjoyable and detailed read, with interviews with those who took part. Highly recommended.
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on 3 March 2017
The author of this book is fantastic. I would say to people to read this book. I was hooked on it and my God the things these people went though and came out the other side is fantastic
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on 4 April 2011
Before Antony Beevor, there was Cornelius Ryan. The beauty of this book is that Ryan got to interview so many principals, who were still alive. He spoke to people on both sides of the conflict, as well as Dutch residents who were caught in the middle. Perhaps inevitably, it seems Ryan had less contact with Germans than with former Allied troops (a German uncle of mine is quoted). But that was probably to be expected, for several reasons.

Anyway, this is as comprehensive as war writing gets. And the 1970s hardback versions appear to be holding up very well!!
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on 28 January 2017
Love this book, always have. Lost a copy I'd had for years so ordered a new one. Pages blank and content missing. Ordered another one thinking it was an absolute one off, pages blank and content missing again. Two faulty products from Hodder, absolutely ridiculous.
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on 13 April 2017
A first-class account of one of the greatest battles of WW2; but rather let down by printing on poor quality paper. The maps were vital for following the narrative, but it was almost impossible to discern details from them. However, having said that, it was an inexpensive paperback. Perhaps it would be better to buy a hardcover version for greater clarity.
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on 12 May 2017
Gripping read, a real page Turner. The suspense & desperation of the British 1st Airborne. The frustration of the American 101st. The plot keeps you turning page after page. The human spirit at its best in the worst of times. I am humbled by what these men went through for the benefit of the world.
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on 10 February 2016
Really good read.
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on 16 November 2016
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on 3 June 2017
As describe
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