Shortlisted for the Galaxy Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2010.
As usual Antony Beevor’s style makes a history book read like an action, blockbuster novel. If your knowledge of the Normandy landings is limited then this is a great book to give you an accessible, overall understanding of events.
The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation but the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe. Making use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.
Beevor has a remarkable knack for encapsulating the sheer enormity of the biggest battles in a very readable form without losing the feeling for their epic quality. This magnificent book takes us all the way from the Normandy beaches to the liberation of Paris at the end of August in one breathless, seamless sweep. Beevor brings home the humanity within the horror, with men on both sides dying at a faster rate that at any time on the Eastern Front.
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||27th May 2010|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. He has published several novels, while his works of non-fiction include The Spanish Civil War, Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which won the 1993 Runciman Award, Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall, 1945. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris After the Liberation: 1944-1949.His book Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, the Wolfson History Prize and the Hawthornden Prize in 1999. It became a number-one bestseller both in hardback and paperback, the UK edition alone selling half ...More About Antony Beevor