"Glorious, horrifying...D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women."—Time
Beevor's Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books
Renowned historian Antony Beevor, the man who "single-handedly transformed the reputation of military history" (The Guardian) presents the first major account in more than twenty years of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris. This is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action. D-Day is the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris's liberation.
This isn't quite as good as his work on Stalingrad, but easily the most definitive work on the Normandy invasion. Anyone who thinks the fighting there was any less ferocious than on the eastern front, this is must reading. This work is especially good at depicting in detail the suffering borne by all involved, including the civilian population. Friendly fire fiascos, unrealistic expectations by the German high command, egomania by allied commanders, especially Montgomery, and the pivotal nature of the fighting between Normandy and Paris all make for great listening. Makes one appreciate the good ole foot soldier all the more.