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D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

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Stephen E. Ambrose's D-Day is the definitive history of World War II's most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history.

D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination--what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy"--that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.

The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose's D-Day is the finest account of one of our history's most important days.

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 06/01/1995
Pages: 656
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.69lbs
Size: 9.16h x 6.24w x 1.17d
ISBN: 9780684801377

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 8.7
Point Value: 42
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 54433 / D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 12/03/1995 pg. 86
New York Times 07/23/1995 pg. 20
Publishers Weekly 05/15/1995
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