The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

by Douglas Brinkley

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Overview

The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc — where six big German guns were ensconced — was the number one target of the heavy U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel on D-Day morning. Facing arguably the toughest task to befall U.S. forces during the war, the brave men of the Army 2nd Ranger Battalion boldly took control of the fortified cliff and set in motion the liberation of Europe.

Based upon recently released documents, here is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley deftly moves between events four decades apart to tell two riveting stories: the making of Ronald Reagan's historic 1984 speeches about the storming of the Normandy coast and the actual heroic event that inspired them and helped to end the Second World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060565305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 556,756
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  In the world of public history, he serves on boards, at museums, at colleges, and for historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize, while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was awarded a Grammy for Presidential Suite and is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.

 www.douglasbrinkley.com

What People are Saying About This

Jon Meacham

“In this fascinating new study, Douglas Brinkley... sheds fresh light on the making of a crucial presidential moment.”

Walter Isaacson

“A powerful tale that celebrates, and explores, the patriotism and pride inspired by America’s brave soldiers.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin

“In this jewel of a book, Douglas Brinkley proves his skills as a master storyteller.”

Richard Norton Smith

“A gripping account of the Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc; and a bold, even brilliant treatment of Reaganesque stagecraft.”

Bill O'Reilly

“The Boys of Pointe du Hoc are needed today.... An important and entertaining book.”

Chris Matthews

“Brinkley knows there is sometimes a theater to war and always to its remembrance.”

JoAnna McDonald

“Both the novice and D-Day historian will want to read The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.”

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