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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021192
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Mareschal TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most of the accounts of the allied landings in Normandy suggest that, after the success of the operation on D-day, the victory of the Allies was never in question. It was not so. For the allies and for the Germans, the longest day was followed by the two longest months. This book by Anthony Beevor is perhaps the best account I have read of the battle of Normandy. It reestablishes the true scale of the fighting in France during the months of June and July 1944. As importantly, it also reminds us of all the human suffering that accompanied this battle.

The allied command feared that the first wave of landing troops could experience up to 90% casualties. This was not so, and the landing went a lot better than expected. But the invading armies fell very short of their too ambitious objectives for the first day. Soon, they faced some of the crack units of the wehrmacht, and their progression was slow and costly. The allied had the advantage of overwhelming air superiority and of the support of the big guns on the battleships. The Germans never had a chance to push the allied forces back to the sea but they fought with greater determination than many of the allied divisions. For more than a month, British and Canadian troops progressed at snail's pace on the eastern part of the front. It took more than a month for the Americans to break the deadlock in the western part of the front. Then the German line collapsed: Paris was liberated; the allies reached Antwerp in September.

Like in his previous books, the author never loses track of the human perspective. After reading this book, I can measure better than before the terrible cost of the battle of Normandy. It was a battle of attrition that the Germans had no hope to win, but victory came at a very heavy price for the allies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raoul The Great on Oct. 22 2012
Format: Paperback
Great Book! Objective in it's scope as he looks at both sides. At one point he describes how the Germans were shell shocked, trembling with fear, too paralized to light up a cigarette. I appreciate the fact that he also indicates how the civillian population was affected; some by participating in sabotage, some others simply caught in the crossfire. Great reading. I can't wait to check out both Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Kiff on Jan. 9 2010
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I just finished Anthony Beevor's book and I can recommend it but not strongly. For those of you who are aware of Anthony Beevor's previous work on The Fall of Berlin 1945, the Battle of Stalingrad you'll find this book is very consistent with those previous works. Beevor is not a great writer, however, he does know a lot about his subject and provide a lot of details. Like his other books however, I find myself getting lost in the details and sometimes, it appears that he went too far into the details without contextualizing them or humanizing them. I found the same with his previous books on Berlin and Stalingrad.

I think but I don't know because I am not an expert historian that there is a fair bit of really interesting new information in this book in particular. In particular, he does a great job incorporating the incredible achievement of the ultra intercepts into the narrative. Beevor has a particular and well argued dislike for British General Montgomery.

However, if this is your first book on D-Day, I recommend instead John Keegan's great work "Six Armies in Normandy" or a Max Hasting's "Overlord" as better reads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By History Buff on Dec 31 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anthony Beevor has done it again. D-Day is a thrilling account of June 6, 1944. It is well researched and is very readable. In addition his writing is balanced including perspectives from the British, Canadians, Americans, and of course the Germans.
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