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D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
By Stephen E. Ambrose
Simon & Schuster, 1994, 655 pp.

A publisher's dream: on the 50th anniversary of one of the most dramatic military events in history, a commemorative volume, distinguished by the voices of the men who were there. Stephen Ambrose, historian of the Second World War and biographer of his idol, Dwight D. Eisenhower, bases the best part of the book on the large files of interviews at the Eisenhower Center. He records the planning and the necessarily divergent expectations of D-Day, the bravery and the barbarism of the day itself. In the book, unlike in the anniversary itself, the German side is fully present, its mistakes far greater than our own. The contextual history is primitive, the narrative a compelling, readable reconstruction of a day without parallel.