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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antony Beevor Narrator: Cameron Stewart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From critically acclaimed world historian Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than twenty years to cover the whole invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.

The Allied fleet attempted by far the largest amphibious assault ever, and what followed was a battle as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. Casualties mounted on both sides, as did the tensions between the principal commanders. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation, but the whole of the postwar world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe. Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts, interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action, and many diaries and letters donated to museums and archives in recent years.

D-Day will surely be hailed as the consummate account of the Normandy invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to the liberation of Paris.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/10/2014

    " An excellent detailed account of the D-Day invasion by one of the best modern war historians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 2/9/2014

    " Good history but kind of a dry read, lacking personal take on the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/5/2014

    " Another good one from Beevor. You'd think there would be nothing left to say about the Normandy campaign, but the author finds some new nuggets to pass along. In true Beevor style he flips effortlessly from discussions of grand strategy amongst the high command to stories and anecdotes from men at the front and civilians. Appropriately harsh on Montgomery, and good coverage of some of the French politicking and command structure difficulties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lewis Hyam | 1/28/2014

    " A long book - worth the read! History, anecdotes, amazing insights to an incredible reality "

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