The unparalleled work of history that recreates the battle that changed World War II -- now in a new edition for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
Newly in print for the first time in years, this is the classic story of the invasion of Normandy, and a book that endures as a masterpiece of living history. A compelling tale of courage and heroism, glow and tragedy, The Longest Day painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.
For this new edition of The Longest Day, the original photographs used in the first 1959 edition have been reassembled and painstakingly reproduced, and the text has been freshly reset. Here is a book that is a must for any follower of history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.
Ryan's classic military study, the basis for the 1972 film with John Wayne, is reissed for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
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2nd best book about D-Day
Second only to Ambrose's D-Day book.
The Longest Day
Without a doubt, the best book on World War II. I have also seen the movie and I find it interesting that those who were quoted in the book were used as the film producer/director saw fit. That is, they used the dialogue from the book, but attributed it to different characters in the movie. However, if one just saw the movie it would not make a difference. An excellent book, I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to know about D-Day.
Good Book (Not Great)
Ryan's research is to be commended but this book could use maps to help the reader understand all the detail about cities, positions, troop movements, etc. The personal perspective of individual soldiers is good but hard to follow all this without detailed maps, including designations of various entities. A reference section on characters would be helpful too with hundreds of names involved...EAF