Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974) was a celebrated Irish-American journalist and author, most famous for his popular military history books on World War II, including The Longest Day and A Bridge Two Far, both of which were made into major films. He began his career as war correspondent for The Daily Telegraph in 1941 and initially covered the air war in Europe, during which he flew on 14 bombing missions before joining Patton's Third Army, whose actions he covered until the end of the war. In 1945 he transferred to cover the Pacific and in 1946, Jerusalem. In 1947 he moved to the US to work for Time, where he reported on post-war atomic testing and on the Israeli war of 1948. He was awarded the Legion d'honneur and an honorary D.Litt from Ohio University, where the Cornelius Ryan Collection - one of the largest single collections of firsthand information outside government archives on D-Day - is housed.
'The terrifying realism of what war really is. D-Day was the greatest and most necessary military undertaking in British or American history and Mr Ryan's book is worthy of its theme.' - Observer; 'Fifty years from now, the history of D-Day will, I'm sure, lean heavily on this book.' - New York Times Book Review; 'If you have read all the accounts of D-Day or none of them, if you were in the fighting or on the sidelines, you will be spellbound, as I was, by this magnificent retelling of a glorious and tragic story.' - Lt.General James Gavin; 'classic military study.' - Publishers Weekly