For those who’ve seen the movie, better erase it from your memory. This kind of book can not be shortened into a three-hour movie, it has to become a series. And maybe have to be directed by someone like Steven Spielberg, LOL. It is not only about D-Day, but also about the bac...more
Anticipating the invasion, German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel said to his aide in...more
The author had done meticulous research on the subject matter and interviewed numerous persons (soldiers and civilians alike) present on that fateful day on Normandy within (before and after) 24 hours of the invasion.
The book slwoly builds up the excitement and suspense of impending Allied invasion, the pathfinder and airborne raid and the final att...more
The book details the almost sci-fi-esque preparation for the invasion of Normandy Beach, the critical planning elements, and how the men looked upon their tasks. It discusses the planning and the co...more
The book jumps around fr...more
Unfortunately, it took 2 months to finish the book, which meant that by the end I was more than a little frustrated with it. The book wasn't so much the problem as my out of prescription reading glasses were.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book, more even than the anecdotes from veterans of the invasion, was the switching POV between th...more
Ryan shifts back and forth with quick. zoomed-in views of what happened on both sides.
Unfortunately, I lost perspective at times, getting buried in the details and losing the big picture. This was my fault because, much like the combatants themselves, I got caught up in the whirlwind action.
Some of the battlefield accounts are chilling - just a gruesome reality. What surprised me was how many mistakes occurred on bo...more
I am done now. I would have to say that after about 50% it gets a bit boring, unless you are planning to go to Normandy and want lots of details. The book never explains what the D stands for, but after reading other articles, it seems to be for Disembarkation or for Decision. Regardless, it was fascinating.
What was most astonishing about the invasion of N...more
The Longest Day, by Cornelius Ryan, is a riveting and multidimensional account of one of the most important days in WWII. Ryan presents the accounts in dramatic form that lack proper academic scrutiny. However, he is able to transcend these obvious flaws with in-depth personal accounts that place the reader on the sands of Normandy during the D-Day Invasions.
Ryan begins the book with offering some background on both the German and Allied forces. He uses a series of personal accounts to explain...more
I am not generally a non-fiction reader, and World War II as a subject doesn't particularly interest me except for a tiny part played out in the Philippine...more
He initially covered the air war in Europe during WW II, flew along on fourteen bombing missions with the Eighth Air Force and Ninth Air Force United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), then joined General Patton's Third Third Army and covered its act...more