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The Americans at Normandy: The Summer of 1944--The American War from the Normandy Beaches to Falaise Paperback – September 1, 2005
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In this succeeding volume to The Americans at D-Day, McManus does the same for the Battle of Normandy as a whole. Never before has the American involvement in Normandy been examined so thoroughly or exclusively as in The Americans at Normandy. For D-Day was only one part of the battle, and victory came from weeks of sustained effort and sacrifices made by Allied soldiers.
Presented here is the American experience during that summer of 1944, from the aftermath of D-Day to the slaughter of the Falaise Gap, from the courageous, famed figures of Bradley, Patton, and "Lightning" Joe Collins to the lesser-known privates who toiled in torturous conditions for their country.
Engrossing, lightning-quick, and filled with real human sorrow and elation, The Americans at Normandy honors those Americans who lost their lives in foreign fields and those who survived. Here is their story, finally told with the depth, pathos, and historical perspective it deserves.
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“An American Iliad” ―Stephen Coonts on The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy
“Required reading on a bitter battle that won't be--and never should be--forgotten.” ―W.E.B. Griffin on The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy
“Awesome! A definitive account of a turning point in American and world history.” ―Thomas Fleming on The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy
“Far more gripping than Saving Private Ryan. Comprehensively detailed . . . Utterly fascinating. McManus' style fits the slam-bang fighting that characterized one of the most crucial periods of the war, and he makes every battle---and every soldier---count as if it were the last round in the clip.” ―Walter J. Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom on The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy
“I thought I knew something about war and men at war until I read John C. McManus' deeply insightfiul book. I stand humbled by what I consider nothing less than a definitive work on a subject whose scope is simply so vast that no writer until now has put in perspective and made it real.” ―David Hagberg on The Americans at D-Day and The Americans at Normandy
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- Publisher : Forge Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 504 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076531200X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765312006
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #802,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book provides an excellent overview of American strategy and objectives, but I feel it's best feature is the many personal recollections by the men (and some women) who were actually there: tankers, artillerymen, medics, paratroopers, pilots and of course, infantrymen. Truly a great collection of oral history, all woven together into a narrative which flows smoothly and doesn't bounce all over the place. I will say the maps could have been better, but I really didn't feel I needed them.
This is the third book I've read by John McManus on the fighting in Normandy, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
I just couldn't put it down. The book is detailed in its geographic references and I could find
the many locations on Google EarthLink. It is an eyewitness account of many of the events of that day.
It brings a realism to the events and at times the descriptions of the realities of war will make you
pause, even for a vet like myself. My dad served during this time in France and some of his descriptions
are confirmed in this book.
As I stood in the cemetery above Omaha Beach, I was glad I had read this book and could piece together
some of what these heros experienced and how truly blessed I was to be an American and in their presence.
This book will soon be available in Kindle form.
Although there’s a lot of detail, i miss a little the view of the Germans (naturally it’s a book about the americans, but still)
Altogether it’s a nice continuation of the book on D-day!