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D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches

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It is the young men born into the false prosperity of the 1920s and brought up in the bitter realities of the Depression of the 1930s that this book is about. The literature they read as youngsters was anti-war and cynical, portraying patriots as suckers, slackers and heroes. None of them wanted to be part of another war. They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not handgrena ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published June 6th 1994)
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Tom Mccutchan It is 583 pages if you don't include the glossary, endnotes, and appendix.

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Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
May 8, 1994

Dear Prof. Ambrose:

I have read most of your books and enjoyed them immensely. I was therefore eagerly awaiting the publication of your new book about D-Day. It finally arrived at our bookstore and I immediately began, greedily, to devour it.

As it turns out, last Tuesday, I journeyed to Altoona, one-hundred miles east of here, to take my father to a hospital for some exploratory surgery. My father was an army medic, helping to chase Rommel through North Africa. He made it to Sicily whe
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
As a brit this book really annoyed me. It’s not about the Normandy landings; it’s about the American landing on Omaha Beach. At every opportunity Ambrose trivialises and criticises the British, Canadian and other allied forces while giving us a chest thumping partisan view of the unequalled bravery of the Americans. The bias is embarrassing and a colossal show of disrespect to the soldiers of every other nation in the allied forces.
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My father (Warner Hamlett -D-Day vet and still doing well) was interviewed and quoted in this book. He is 93 years old and relives WWII every night in his dreams. He still goes out to his homemade bomb cellar during thunderstorms and screams in his sleep.

Stephen Ambrose is an excellent author. He double checks his details and sources, using first-hand accounts of events. My father was in the 29 infantry out of South Boston, VA when they stormed Normandy Beach. The book tells the story of D-Day s
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a general interest in WWII
Stephen Ambrose enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1990's with his WWII books about the fighting in Northwestern Europe. The books were massive bestsellers and made him a household name. Of course a historian enjoying such popularity means that other historians and history buffs will be examing his/her's work with a fine tooth comb. Late in his life ,and continuing since his death, reports surfaced documenting/alleging longtime patterns of plagiarism and inaccuracies in many of his published w ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Reading this you'd be forgiven for thinking that the US was alone at Normandy. One-eyed puffery and tabloid in its execution, as is Ambrose's way.

There are vastly better books on D-Day (Beevor and Hastings for a start).
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the oral histories of 1,400 men who were involved in D-Day. The majority of the book deals with one 24 hour period. Midnight, June 5/6 until midnight June 6/7. I learned about D-Day growing up. Mostly this was facts and figures. I have seen several movies about D-Day. Some were good. With the exception of a few names such as Roosevelt, Churchill, Eisenhower, and Montgomery I didn't know the people involved in one of the most historic events of the 20th century. In this book ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. I highly recommend Ambrose for historical reading. He makes things interesting and detailed and you feel like you really get to know somewhat what it was like being there. I will definitely be reading his other books. It's embarrassing that it took me almost 7 months to read this one though!
This book was a testimony to me that Heavenly Father was with those soldiers that day. It reminded me of Captain Moroni and the title of liberty-when you are fighting for your liberty and your wiv
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. It was biased, factually inaccurate and reflected the author's sycophantic relationship with Eisenhower rather than any objective understanding of the events of June 6 1944.
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Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on
other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war
machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over th
Don Stanton
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the top three of all of his books concerning the war in Europe. It is a great place to start reading his series of books about WWII. It would be great to read this and Pegasus Bridge at the same time.
If you have an ability visualize, you will be moved.
I was in France in September of 2008. I'm not a tour guy, so we just go were and when we want to go. Chelly, my wife, and I went to the cemetery in Normandy. I was nearly overwhelmed at the sight. When We came to the long stairway
Apr 07, 2011 added it
Shelves: kill-kill
I am currently listening to this audio book while at the same time reading the paperback of Anthony Beevor's D-Day book. I don't usually do that, listen to an audio book and read a paper copy book on the same topic. But in this case I am enjoying doing it, as I am really getting a full scope picture of this fascinating time in American history.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Extraordinarily interesting anecdotes? Check. Chest-thumping patriotism? Check. Unbiased, carefully vetted history? Ehhhhhh.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
About three months ago I came across The Rising Tide, by Jeff Shaara, in a box in my room. I have always been interested in the World Wars era, so I decided to give that book a try. I absolutely loved it and it inspired me to seek out new WWII novels. While searching for my next read, I came across D-Day and thought it would be a good book.

D-Day depicts the story of its namesake, both the day and preparations. On June 6, 1944, the United States and Great Britain led the Allied forces in a full-s
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent piece of research and writing. Another reminder of what the "greatest generation" did for our nation and our world. We as Americans need to utilize the insights provided to us by our ancestors to pull together and work with one another to improve the plight of all Americans. What has happened to our nation? The greed, the self-centeredness? Where is our sense of community? I am so proud of the people of this era who came together for the common good. I hope and pray that our generat ...more
Ivo Janssens
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wauw! Je zult zo kunnen schrijven over zo'n onderwerp. Het leest echt als een roman. Superboek.
Leonard Leow
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a factual account of the greatest large scale operation that took place during World War II in which the Allied nations (The United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, and Free France) launched a massive seaborne and airborne assault on the 6th of June 1944 to liberate France from Nazi fanaticism. Codenamed Operation Overlord, it was probably the most prominent war operation that took place in the 20th Century. The success of which would bring about peace and democracy for th ...more
Aaron Bright
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership, wwii
Fantastic! Really long, but fantastic. I love a non-fiction that uses so many stories to convey its message; exactly what happened here. The last chapter is a great wrap up with, what I believe to be, spot on analysis.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ambrose is thorough but never boring. He incorporates the oral histories of hundreds (thousands?) of men and they move the story along. I especially like to hear Ambrose’s thoughts and analyzations; he is informed and authoritative and his voice is important to understanding what happened, not just on D-Day, but in the preparation, the leadership, and what happened and how for all involved. The story is touching and inspiring and, most of all, sacred. May we always remember the sacrifices that w ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ever since I went to Normandy Beach in France, I have been obsessed with World War 2. This is when American fought Germany for the independent of France. When I was standing on the beach, I could feel the ghost of the warrior that fought that hard battle. It scared me; I was standing on the same beach where thousands of men died.

There is one special day that has been famous since the war. June 6, 1944 or D-Day. This day was important because When America sailed to Germany for attack they were a
Earl Russell
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ambrose’s account of D-Day is a milestone work of vivid, intricate planning details leading up to the historic invasion and the agony and halting successes of the wrenching day itself. Launching the invasion was a far cry from what was anticipated, due in large part to cloudy weather that prevented precisely timed bombings and landings. Many plans had to be scrapped completely, while others proceeded with horrendous losses and dispiriting delays.

This book brought me into an up-close view of the
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and horrifying. I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Normandy beaches in France last summer, which was a very powerful and moving experience, and made me want to learn more about D-Day. Reading this book was also quite moving. It was a little hard to get into at first, with all of the military references that I am not familiar with, but the personal stories sucked me in. The oral histories taken from thousands and thousands of interviews with veterans were amazing. I loved the ...more
Jon Zug
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're going to read only one book about the Western Allies' invasion of France during WWII, then this is the book you need to read. Is it the best researched, most comprehensive, and best written history of this battle? Of course not. Ambrose plagiarized several important portions of this work, and admitted to such several years prior to his death, but it takes very little away from this fine read. What makes this book so good is Ambrose's narrative style, very much akin to Shelby Foote's wr ...more
Jimmie Aaron Kepler
The late Stephen E. Ambrose used over 1400 interviews for his history of the D-Day invasion. This “oral history" approach brings the reader into the heart of the battle through eye-witness testimony. The tales of the front line infantryman sweeps the reader up into their personal histories. The story is told from the individual and small unit level often failing to describe larger unit actions or explaining how the individual actions fit into the total picture. Let is shared of what happened on ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is another riveting historical rendition by Stephen Ambrose, both broad in scope but precise in details. The magnitude of story of the invasion alone is overwhelming to the imagination, over 2000 ships and 160,000 men storming the German iron wall. The engaging narrative takes the reader onto the Normandy beaches with the soldiers and describes their raw courage and incredible ability to adapt to circumstances to persevere and conquer. One cannot finish the book without a feeling of reveren ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I intended to “process” this book for a memoir piece I am working on—skim it and take notes. Instead I found myself reading it almost from cover to cover. Stephen Ambrose thoroughly paints the overall strategic picture of the invasion of Normandy by allied forces on June 6, 1944. At the operational level, he reports numerous first-hand stories of horrible mayhem and tremendous bravery. The multiple levels of the story make it a rich, complex history--and a thriller. For my purposes, research on ...more
Jason Phillips
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the early 21st century it is almost incomprehensible to consider an evil so pervasive, so oppressive, and so murderous as Hitler's Reich. An entire society brainwashed to conquer the world and to enslave entire countries were not stopped by will power, or flower power, or by mere rhetoric. Nazism was stopped by citizens from every walk of life in the world's great democracies -- the battle for freedom began on the beaches of northern France on June 6, 1944. The Americans at Omaha and Utah, th ...more
Steve Scott
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading—it took over a month-and-a-half—Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day – June 6, 1944 The Battle for the Normandy Beaches. Not counting the index and appendixes, it’s 583 fact-filled pages of narrative. The statistics alone are mind-boggling. This is just packed with them, more so than either Band of Brothers or Citizen Soldiers, both of which I have. Even with all the incorporated facts and figures, it was something of a page-turner. It covers the planning and preparation, as well a ...more
Michael W.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ambrose does a delightful job wedding the reader's emotional engagement with historical events through his masterful storytelling of that fateful day in 1944. Not only does he supply the background material necessary to retain a sense of the preparations and intensity of operational tempo, but he also shows how even best laid plans can all go awry, since we are not master's of our own destinies....or landing zones!

The author is a master storyteller. There were times when tears streamed down my c
Amry Saja
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Well I must said these books is far too much praise for american and british soldier courage and braveness. But Can blame since sthepen is eisenhower center director, he must siding to Eisenhower right

but we must know that Allied and Red Army join forces that succesfully end Hitler megalomania empire dream in european War theater in 1945

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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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“Pvt. Robert Fruling said he spent two and a half days at Pointe-du-Hoc, all of it crawling on his stomach. He returned on the twenty-fifth anniversary of D-Day “to see what the place looked like standing up” (Louis Lisko interview, EC).” 1 likes
“No matter how bad things got, no matter how anxious the staff became, the commander had to “preserve optimism in himself and in his command. Without confidence, enthusiasm and optimism in the command, victory is scarcely obtainable.” Eisenhower realized that “optimism and pessimism are infectious and they spread more rapidly from the head downward than in any other direction.” He learned that a commander’s optimism “has a most extraordinary effect upon all with whom he comes in contact. With this clear realization, I firmly determined that my mannerisms and speech in public would always reflect the cheerful certainty of victory—that any pessimism and discouragement I might ever feel would be reserved for my pillow.” 1 likes
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