D-Day The battle for Normandy

by Beevor, Antony, 1946-

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Non-Fiction Recorded Book RB 940.54 BEEVOR 2009 CRAFTON 8/10
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Adult - Non-Fiction Recorded Book
Call Number  RB 940.54 BEEVOR 2009 CRAFTON 8/10
Northland Public Library Audio Books 940.5421421 B39 (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Call Number  940.5421421 B39 (COMPACT DISC)

Unabridged CDs ? 14 CDs, 18 hours
The definitive account of the Normandy invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 .

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The success of the Normandy campaign was no sure thing, despite meticulous planning, numerical superiority, and virtually complete command of the air. Many things could go wrong, and many of them did. The weather was unpredictable; precise timetables and coordination between air, land, and sea forces often broke down; and the Allied high command was plagued by internal bickering and political meddling. Beevor traces the campaign from the embarkation from English ports through the landings, the breakout, and de Gaulle's triumphal entry into liberated Paris. Of course, we know how the story ends, but Beevor is a superb storyteller who captures the sweep of a massive effort while enriching his narrative with the experiences of ordinary soldiers. He is particularly effective in describing the strains within the alliance. Churchill and de Gaulle intensely disliked each other, and British general Montgomery constantly disagreed with both Eisenhower and other American commanders. Ultimately, their success owed much to the valor and adaptability of soldiers on the ground as well as good luck. This is an outstanding, comprehensive account, ideal for general readers.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII's great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. In addressing D-Day, he faces much wider competition with historians like Stephen Ambrose and Max Hastings, who also use his method of integrating personal experiences, tactical engagements, operational intentions and strategic plans. Beevor combines extensive archival research with a remarkable sense of the telling anecdote: he quotes, for example, an officer's description of the "bloody mass of arms and legs and heads, [and] cremated corpses" created by artillery fire as the Germans tried to escape the Allied breakout. He is sharply critical of senior commanders on both sides: Bernard Montgomery's conceit; Adolf Hitler's self-delusion; Dwight Eisenhower's mediocrity. His heroes are the men who took the invasion ashore and carried it forward into Normandy in the teeth of a German defense whose skill and determination deserved a better cause. The result was a battle of attrition: a "bloody slog" that tested British and American fighting power to the limit-but not beyond. Beevor says that it wasn't Allied forces' material superiority but their successful use of combined arms and their high learning curve that were decisive in a victory that shaped postwar Europe. Maps, illus. (Oct. 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
Normandy (France) -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Penguin Audio,2009
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Battle for Normandy
Contributors Stewart, Cameron.
Penguin Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Cameron Stewart.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
Description 16 audio discs (approximately 20 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780143144915
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