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D-Day: June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of WWII

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Jesse Boggs

25 Hours 17 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

November 2012

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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.

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  • Daan Mets

    The book is excellent and tells the Overlord story in great detail. I will definitly listen to it again to get more of the details in! The narration is just bad.. The narrator absolutely butchers every German and Dutch word he comes across and even manages to make mistakes in English placenames. To not take the slightest effort in doing the research on how to pronounce words is bad enough on its own as a professional voice actor, but with the number of times 'Ost-Battalions' come up in this book it really is infuriating to hear the same mistake being made again and again. Hitlerjogend? Arnheim? These aren't ancients languages you know... get someone in Europe on the line and get a sense of how these things are pronounced. You are forgiven if the pronounciations are slightly off, but to butcher them like this in a (presumably professional) narration is is just plain insulting.

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  • A. Longa

    Great book. The through research gives you a great macro and micro view of D-Day. While a full comprehensive review of that day is unlikely to be written, this is likely the best you will find.

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  • Veronica Galego

    Outstanding!

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  • jonathan Strahan

    very good book, I have enjoyed and will read again.

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