D-Day Illustrated Edition: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

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Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course of history.

D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what ...

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Overview

Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course of history.

D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.

The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight, June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, the book moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose’s D-Day is the most honored account of one of our history’s most important days.

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To create his monumental 1994 history of the D-Day landings, Stephen E. Ambrose conducted more than 1,400 interviews with participants on both sides of this tide-changing battle. The book, Ambrose's first bestseller, won accolades as the "most comprehensive discussion" of this decisive onslaught, but it still lacked one thing: A collection of D-Day photographs that give it even more vividness and context. This new illustrated edition thus becomes a standard that is unlikely to be surpassed.

The New York Times Book Review
D-Day is mostly about people, but goes even further in evoking the horror, the endurance, the daring and indeed, the human failings at Omaha Beach... Outstanding.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Packed with drama and information, never losing sight of the horrors of combat, Ambrose's D-Day is the best book yet on what many historians consider to be the most important day of the twentieth century.”
Chicago Tribune
“Historians and public alike should be profoundly grateful to Ambrose...for assembling this comprehensive and permanent record that will be forever a resource for remembering Normandy.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476765860
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 177,727
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose
Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Stephen Ambrose
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 10, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Whitewater, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Death:
      October 13, 2002
    2. Place of Death:
      Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    When I saw the size of this book I was so surprised. The pictur

    When I saw the size of this book I was so surprised. The pictures displayed nicely and the oral history recorded were astounding. No matter how someone translate this, it was war. Everyone has a point of view, we are going to perceive this either inaccurate or bias all I know I enjoyed the history of it. The battles, the agony and the politics which is not a surprise. The seriousness of this book tells me how our brave men served and protect us for what we have now, freedom. My heart felt heavy at times looking through each page and the trails of heroic actions. Gammon grenades down the barrels, French 75mm, Air Reconnaissance, barbed wires, British 3rd Division, German reserves and reinforcements, French Resistance, Russian Ost battalion, U.S. Airborne and Infantry divisions and Rangers and so many more to mention. I just hinted a teeny tiny bit of what to expect in this book, so much history, so much sorrow, yet brave beyond the imagination. I will not go further to detail this book because I am not an expert on the subject I just want you to know the book was a tremendous lesson about our history of involvement and participation in war. Thank you I won this book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Sorry I took so long writing a review, I was just apprehensive about what I should write, this is such a sensitive subject. Darlene Cruz (goodreads)

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