Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944

Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944

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by Joseph Balkoski
     
 

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"Balkoski's depiction of 'Bloody Omaha' is the literary accompaniment to the white-knuckle Omaha Beach scene that opens Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan." — John Hillen, New York Post

In this unforgettable narrative of D-Day, Joseph Balkoski describes the minute-by-minute combat as it unfolded on Omaha Beach, allowing soldiers to speak

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"Balkoski's depiction of 'Bloody Omaha' is the literary accompaniment to the white-knuckle Omaha Beach scene that opens Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan." — John Hillen, New York Post

In this unforgettable narrative of D-Day, Joseph Balkoski describes the minute-by-minute combat as it unfolded on Omaha Beach, allowing soldiers to speak for themselves as they recall their attempts to maneuver bombers through heavy cloud cover, the claustrophobic terror aboard transports, and the relentless fire that greeted them on the beach. Equal parts oral history and meticulous reconstruction, Omaha Beach is the closest the modern reader can get to experiencing the Normandy landings firsthand.

Editorial Reviews

Stone & Stone Second World War Books - Bill Stone
"This is probably the best book ever written about Omaha Beach."
Publishers Weekly
Balkoski (Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Division in Normandy) makes officer and enlisted-men's first-person testimony the center of this account, with light contextualization in between, along with 34 b&w photos and 27 maps. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Each decennial anniversary of the Normandy landings has produced its own recounting of this momentous event in World War II. Although written soon after the war, Gordon Harrison's Cross-Channel Attack (1951) remains the starting point for all future accounts, and Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day (1959), which was followed by the Darryl F. Zanuck film, wonderfully popularized the story. In the early 1980s, John Keegan's magisterial Six Armies in Normandy (1982) set a new standard for scholarship, followed a decade later by an equally valuable telling by Stephen Ambrose with his D-Day: June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II (1994). Recently, Russell Hart provided an updated rendering with Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy (2001). The Balkoski study is quite good and certainly compares favorably with Adrian Lewis's Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory (2001). Balkoski (Beyond the Beachhead) has skillfully blended first-person accounts with a well-researched narrative of what happened on that fateful morning and an artful sprinkling of detailed maps. Bastable's Voices from D-Day, however, is a patchwork of interviews and reminiscences interspersed with historical narrative, which reflects his journalistic background but does not break much new ground historiographically. Most libraries would benefit from the Balkoski volume, but only the largest need to consider Bastable's. Ed Goedeken, State Univ. Lib., Ames, IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811733762
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
576,871
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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