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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
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Antony Beevor is the author of Crete: The Battle and the Resistance (Runciman Prize), Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize), Berlin: The Downfall, The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia), D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Prix Henry Malherbe and the RUSI Westminster Medal), The Second World War, and Ardennes 1944 (Prix Medicis shortlist). The number one bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor's books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Kent and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, London. He was knighted in 2017.

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Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII's great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. In addressing D-Day, he faces much wider competition with historians like Stephen Ambrose and Max Hastings, who also use his method of integrating personal experiences, tactical engagements, operational intentions and strategic plans. Beevor combines extensive archival research with a remarkable sense of the telling anecdote: he quotes, for example, an officer's description of the "bloody mass of arms and legs and heads, [and] cremated corpses" created by artillery fire as the Germans tried to escape the Allied breakout. He is sharply critical of senior commanders on both sides: Bernard Montgomery's conceit; Adolf Hitler's self-delusion; Dwight Eisenhower's mediocrity. His heroes are the men who took the invasion ashore and carried it forward into Normandy in the teeth of a German defense whose skill and determination deserved a better cause. The result was a battle of attrition: a "bloody slog" that tested British and American fighting power to the limit-but not beyond. Beevor says that it wasn't Allied forces' material superiority but their successful use of combined arms and their high learning curve that were decisive in a victory that shaped postwar Europe. Maps, illus. (Oct. 13) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The story of operation Overlord and the French-coast landings on D-day, June 6, 1944, has been recounted many times both in print and on the big screen. It is certainly a story worth retelling, and Beevor (Stalingrad) does it well, combining contemporary accounts with a moving narrative, beginning on June 2, 1944, and ending with the liberation of Paris in August. He relates the operation from all points of view, from the commanders to the men on the beaches, giving equal time to all participants and including, more unusually, the experiences of the French civilians involved. Civilian casualties ran into the tens of thousands, a fact either ignored or given short shrift in most books. Beevor shifts perspectives smoothly, enabling the reader to follow along without confusion, from the U.S. landings on Omaha and Utah beaches to the British and Canadians landings on Sword and Juno beaches, to the airborne incursion and the German response. Verdict Beevor has written an in-depth campaign history, comparable to Max Hastings's Overlord and Carlo D'Este's Decision in Normandy, that should be read by beginners and experts alike. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/09.]-David Lee Poremba, Windermere, FL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre -- Vitali Vitaliev * Daily Telegraph on Stalingrad *
Stalingrad was, I thought, as good as it gets. But Berlin is even better. If you ever needed reminding why war is something we should move heaven and earth to avoid, this will do it -- Jeremy Paxman * Guardian on Berlin *
Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history -- David Edgar * Guardian *
His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
The style contributes to the account itself, a masterful mixture of narrative finesse and scrupulousness towards the facts. In both categories we are witnessing an author at the height of his art -- Thomas Kielinger * Die Welt *
Seule passion dans sa demarche: celle de la verite -- Eric Roussel in * Le Figaro *
A British historian of great distinction and range, who . . . demonstrates his mastery of his sources -- Gordon Craig, Review of Books * New York *
Antony Beevor is a contemporary Tolstoy who, with his books on history, is creating a literary masterpiece which will stand the test of time. . . [he] proves that history today is one of literature's most vital branches * Dagens Nyheter *
Superb. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative technique of a novelist. A tour de force -- Orlando Figes * Sunday Telegraph on Stalingrad *
As readable and as captivating as a Tolstoyan epic drama of the scope of War and Peace. Revealing, profound and thoroughly unputdownable, Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre -- Vitali Vitaliev * Daily Telegraph on Stalingrad *
This superb work of narrative history (all of human despair, and also of heroism is there) chilled the marrow of my bones -- Antonia Fraser * Sunday Times on Stalingrad *
Beevor tells the savage, gripping story of the fall of the city with brilliance and a humane attention to the impact of an epic battle on fragile, individual lives -- Helen Dunmore * The Times on Berlin *
Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history -- David Edgar * Guardian *
His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
The style contributes to the account itself, a masterful mixture of narrative finesse and scrupulousness towards the facts. In both categories we are witnessing an author at the height of his art -- Thomas Kielinger * Die Welt *
Seule passion dans sa demarche: celle de la verite -- Eric Roussel in * Le Figaro *
A British historian of great distinction and range, who . . . demonstrates his mastery of his sources -- Gordon Craig, Review of Books * New York *
Antony Beevor is a contemporary Tolstoy who, with his books on history, is creating a literary masterpiece which will stand the test of time. . . [he] proves that history today is one of literature's most vital branches * Dagens Nyheter *
Superb. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative technique of a novelist. A tour de force -- Orlando Figes * Sunday Telegraph on Stalingrad *
As readable and as captivating as a Tolstoyan epic drama of the scope of War and Peace. Revealing, profound and thoroughly unputdownable, Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre -- Vitali Vitaliev * Daily Telegraph on Stalingrad *
This superb work of narrative history (all of human despair, and also of heroism is there) chilled the marrow of my bones -- Antonia Fraser * Sunday Times on Stalingrad *
Stalingrad was, I thought, as good as it gets. But Berlin is even better. If you ever needed reminding why war is something we should move heaven and earth to avoid, this will do it -- Jeremy Paxman * Guardian on Berlin *
Beevor tells the savage, gripping story of the fall of the city with brilliance and a humane attention to the impact of an epic battle on fragile, individual lives -- Helen Dunmore * The Times on Berlin *

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