Field Marshal Montgomery’s battle plan for Normandy, following the D-day landings on June 6, 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D’Este’s acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery’s plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers, and letters that were not available in Montgomery’s lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign and have refrained from speaking out until now.
This is military history at its most dramatic and destined to become the definitive account of the Normandy campaign.
Carlo D’Este retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel to write full time. Among his books are Bitter Victory; Warlord: A Life of Churchill at War, 1874–1945; Patton: A Genius for War; World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945; and Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander.
“Superb…An extraordinarily careful and provocative study of the Normandy campaign.” (Max Hastings, New York Times bestselling author)
“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy campaign] I have ever read.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A fresh perspective on the leadership of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and the Allied landings after D-day.” (Publishers Weekly)
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A detailed analysis of the post D-Day struggle
- Kindle Customer
Loads of historical content let down by narration
Author yes, narrator no.
I dunno about compare to, but it's a good companion to say a Max Hastings or similar book about the Normandy campaign, as it covers the high-level military decisions and interactions, which a lot of the other books don't.
Frequently impossible to tell where narration ends and quoting someone starts. Reading was deathly dull, with very little light and shade, and very poor at pausing for section and chapter breaks. Quite spoiled what would have been an excellent book.
The recording that made me appreciate the art of narrating an audio book. Sadly for all the wrong reasons.
- Mike Whitaker