Read Reading D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WWIIAuthor Stephen E. Ambrose –

It is the young men born into the false prosperity of the s and brought up in the bitter realities of the Depression of the s that this book is about The literature they read as youngsters was antiwar and cynical, portraying patriots as suckers, slackers and heroes None of them wanted to be part of another war They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not handgrenades; shooting s at rabbits, not Ms at other young men But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought from the Prologue D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WWII

About the Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M Nixon He received his Ph.D in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin Madison In his final years he faced charges of plagiarism for his books, with subsequent concerns about his research emerging after his death.

10 thoughts on “D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WWII

  1. Tony Tony says:

    May 8, 1994

    Dear Prof. Ambrose:

    I have read most of your books and enjoyed them immensely. I was therefore eagerly awaiting the publication of your new book about D-Day. It finally arrived at our bookstore and I immediately began, greedily, to devour it.

    As it turns out, last Tuesday, I journeyed to Altoona, one-hundred miles east of here, to take my father to a h

  2. Tim Tim says:

    As a brit this book really annoyed me. It’s not about the Normandy landings; it’s about the American landing on Omaha Beach. At every opportunity Ambrose trivialises and criticises the British, Canadian and other allied forces while giving us a chest thumping partisan view of the unequalled bravery of the Americans. The bias is embarrassing and a colossal show of disrespect to the soldiers of ev

  3. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    My father (Warner Hamlett -D-Day vet and still doing well) was interviewed and quoted in this book. He is 93 years old and relives WWII every night in his dreams. He still goes out to his homemade bomb cellar during thunderstorms and screams in his sleep.

    Stephen Ambrose is an excellent author. He double checks his details and sources, using first-hand accounts of events. My father was in th

  4. Checkman Checkman says:

    Stephen Ambrose enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1990's with his WWII books about the fighting in Northwestern Europe. The books were massive bestsellers and made him a household name. Of course a historian enjoying such popularity means that other historians and history buffs will be examing his/her's work with a fine tooth comb. Late in his life ,and continuing since his death, reports surfaced docu

  5. Simon Simon says:

    Reading this you'd be forgiven for thinking that the US was alone at Normandy. One-eyed puffery and tabloid in its execution, as is Ambrose's way.

    There are vastly better books on D-Day (Beevor and Hastings for a start).

  6. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    Compelling, suspenseful, inspiring and heartbreaking. The pace of the narrative never flags. Absolutely the finest popular history ever written about the D Day Invasion. Ambrose has the right mix, combining an endless series of fascinating personal accounts from English, German, and American troops, plus balancing out the strategic overview with detailed analysis.

  7. Jim Jim says:

    This book is based on the oral histories of 1,400 men who were involved in D-Day. The majority of the book deals with one 24 hour period. Midnight, June 5/6 until midnight June 6/7. I learned about D-Day growing up. Mostly this was facts and figures. I have seen several movies about D-Day. Some were good. With the exception of a few names such as Roosevelt, Churchill, Eisenhower, and Montgomery I didn't know the p

  8. Beanbrenner Beanbrenner says:

    Extraordinarily interesting anecdotes? Check. Chest-thumping patriotism? Check. Unbiased, carefully vetted history? Ehhhhhh.

  9. Peter Schmeltzer Peter Schmeltzer says:

    The greatest generation.

  10. Emily Emily says:

    The beach was just a complete shambles. It was like an inferno. There were bodies everywhere and some wounded being attended to. As I went by a tank I heard people screaming for morphine. The tank was on fire and they were burning to death. There wasn't a thing that I could do about that... Around midnight... I remember thinking, 'Man what a day this has been. If every day is going to be as bad as this I'll never survive t

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