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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: Douglas Brinkley Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed historian and New York Times best-selling author of Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley brings the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, 40 years later, who paid them homage.

U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel had 18 targets on their bombardment list for D-Day morning. The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc, where six big German guns were ensconced, was number one. Under the bulldoggish command of Colonel James E. Rudder of Texas, these elite forces, Rudder's Rangers, took control of the fortified cliff. The liberation of Europe was under way.

Based upon recently released documents, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. With brilliant deftness, Brinkley moves between two events four decades apart to tell the dual story of the making of Reagan's two uplifting 1984 speeches, considered by many to be among the best orations the Great Communicator ever gave.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 9/15/2013

    " Touching, heroic story of the Rangers who climbed the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-Day, and Reagan's moving speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. Just a good read, and the little bit of politics is interesting as well, and as always, the human aspect of Reagan's presidency comes to the fore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 8/5/2013

    " Book is divided in to 2 main themes. The first is the heroic 2nd Ranger battalion's assault on Normandy Beach (Pointe du Hoc), and their dismantling of the German weaponry. The 2nd theme is how Ronald Reagan brought attention to these brave men with his famous D-Day 40th anniversary speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Briana | 4/25/2013

    " Informative and thoughtfully written. Definitely worth reading. Not too much journalism establishment anti-Reaganism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juneus | 2/14/2013

    " A very interesting book about how historic events and the telling of them differ but not as much as one would think. "

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