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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antony Beevor Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world’s premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War.

In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 to V-J day on August 14, 1945 and the war’s aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach—one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor’s grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Glorious, horrifying...D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women. Time
  • One of Beevor's strengths is his ability to describe the day-to-day experience of ordinary soldiers: the food, the weather, the smells, the humor, the fear. . . Perhaps this is what makes Beevor's D-Day such terrific reading. It details the shattering reality of D-Day and the months of savage fighting that followed instead of offering empty mythologizing. This is that rare hardcover worth your valuable attention and money. USA Today
  • “[A] ripping account…In some respects, the focus on the carnage is salutary, as a reminder of war’s true human cost. But it is as well to remember too that there were acts of kindness and heroism alongside the folly and murder…It is instructive to read of unimaginable slaughter; it is equally instructive to read of efforts to transcend it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The first impression on seeing D-Day on the bookshelf might be a question, "Why yet another book on D-Day?" The answer comes through in the detailed research and exhaustive treatment of individual stories as the Allies lodged ashore and then advanced on that fateful day and after, all the way to Paris...For anyone with any interest at all in World War II in Europe, especially the time from the landings through the liberation of Paris, D-Day is the book for you. Vice-Admiral Robert F. Dunn, Washington Times
  • This is a superb book and a model of the historian's craft. It stands as the best one-volume history of this decisive military engagement. Christian Science Monitor
  • His account of atrocities on both sides, of errors committed and of surpassing bravery makes for excellent -- though often blood-soaked -- reading. Beevor gets better with each book. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Beevor has demonstrated, through his previous book on Stalingrad, D-day, and the fall of Berlin, that he understands precisely how to balance meticulous research with captivating prose…One senses, nevertheless, that those earlier books were just building blocks to this, his magnum opus.”

    Washington Post

  • “Rich in anecdotal detail…Beevor’s book gives us the opportunity to comprehend the greatest, most dire event of the twentieth century—and tells us more about human nature than we may wish to know.”

    Washington Times

  • “A page-turner…Hypocrisy and self-sacrifice, corruption and idealism, sadism and compassion, genocide and cannibalism: Beevor brilliantly shows, at all levels, that WWII defies easy generalization.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Whether a battle or an atrocity, Beevor illustrates it with one person’s experience, preventing stupefaction over his data on the millions of dead…As a summarizing introduction to WWII, Beevor’s is a fine example of the form.”


  • “A deeply enlightening experience. A work of vast research, depth, and insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne Parkington | 2/13/2014

    " Anthony Beevor is truely a brilliant & gifted writer ... this is an amazing read ... don't be scared by the size of the book as the chapters fly by .... a must read for all history buff's ... excellent account of an horrific chapter in our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ssawyer | 12/14/2013

    " This book gives a very good overview of the entirety of the second world war. It is well written, but is dense and is not a quick read. It is worth the effort however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 11/21/2013

    " Well executed bottom up narrative that covers the European war in greater detail than the Pacific. Graphic accounts of many of the participants versus the leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carl Hubbard | 11/10/2013

    " Another great read from Antony Beevor, with his unique perspective and writing style which makes it almost feel like you are reading a fiction narrative. I find his books very hard to put down and this chronology of WW2 is no different. "

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