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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Keegan Narrator: Fred Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In burnished, driving prose, John Keegan chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-day to the liberation of Paris. At the same time, he furthers his exploration of the “role which warfare and its institutions play in social life” by showing how each of the six armies, while resembling one another in purpose and authority, is a mirror of its own nation’s values. Each army is shown at successive stages of the invasion in a battle sequence testing them to the utmost: the Americans in their terrifying night drop on the eve of landings, the Canadians at the Omaha beachhead, the English savagely fighting their way inland, the Germans in their surprisingly strong resistance, the Poles in exile desperately blocking the German escape route, and the French at last liberating their City of Light. This extraordinary book is a shining addition to the dramatic literature of men at war.

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  • “[An] innovative approach…Keegan is a skilled writer and his battle accounts are stirring. But beyond the vivid battle stories, this is also a book that will engage intellectually those who study battles and tactics, as well as the diplomatic activity that was necessary for the Allied victory in the Second World War’s European theater of operations.”

    Robert McNamara (Amazon.com, editorial review)

  • “Very dramatic…Very well done…A book which conjures romance from some very hard fighting.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “[John Keegan] writes about war better than almost anyone in our century.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The story of this vast, complex, and risky amphibious assault, and the campaign which followed, has been told many times but never better than by John Keegan.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Keegan’s brilliantly written account of the Allied invasion of France in 1944 is peppered with the author’s childhood recollections, memorable prose, inspiring vocabulary, and expert commentary on the experience of and strategies behind this vital campaign.”


  • “Williams superbly makes an intelligent and humane piece of scholarship come alive.”


  • “The oft-told story of the British-American Second Front debate is recast, compellingly, in terms of salient individuals…The character of national armies, the play of chance and circumstance, the imperatives of technology and strategy—all are brilliantly interwoven and elaborated. If anyone can convert the thoughtful reader to ‘war books,’ it will be Keegan.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lawrence | 1/18/2014

    " John Keegan one of the most respected historians of the II World War gives a breakdown of what the six armies who fought the battle of Normandy did and how they performed. A book that is a must for those interested in the Battle of Normandy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mejix | 1/11/2014

    " Disappointing. Had some good moments but this schematic structure is obtrusive. The French section seemed particularly unheroic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 9/16/2013

    " These are the unvarnished facts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George Clack | 8/13/2013

    " World War II and the D-Day invasion seem so pat nowadays - a sort of grand inevitability - but it took a huge maount of coalition building and horse trading among FDR, Churchil, Marshall, Malenkov, and Brit generals to make it happen. "

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