Decision in Normandy

Decision in Normandy

by Carlo D'Este

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“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy Campaign] I have ever read.”—Drew Middleton, The New York Times Book Review

One of the most controversial and dangerous military operations in the history of modern warfare, the battle for Normandy took over two years of planning from each country that made up the Allied forces. Mired to this day in myth and misconception, untangling the web of work that led to D-Day is nearly as daunting as the work that led to the day itself.

Drawing from declassified documents, personal interviews, diaries, and more, Carlo D’Este uncovers what really happened in Normandy. From what went right to what went wrong, D’Este takes readers on a journey from the very first moment Prime Minister Churchill considered an invasion through France to the last battles of World War II.

Loaded with photos, maps, and first-hand accounts, readers can trace the incredible road to victory and the intricate battles in-between. A comprehensive look into the military strategy surrounding the second World War, Decision in Normandy is an absolute essential for history buffs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635762150
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 267,974
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Carlo D'Este is a military historian, biographer, lecturer, consultant and book reviewer for the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. His books include Decision in Normandy (1983); Bitter Victory: 'The Battle for Sicily, 1943 (1988); World War II in the Mediterranean, (1990) and Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome (1991); and three biographies: Patton: A Genius For War, HarperCollins (1995); Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life, Henry Holt (2002); and Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, HarperCollins (2008). All of his books have been selections of the BOMC/Bookspan and published in the U.K., and some in foreign countries. A&E adapted Patton to television for its Biography series in 1995. In addition to television appearances on C-Span, Fox News Channel and the History Channel, D’Este has lectured at the U.S. Army Command&General Staff College, the National War College, and is an annual visitor to the U.S. Army War College military history program. He served as an advisor to President Clinton upon the occasion of his 1994 visit to Italy, England and Normandy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II events; and from 1994-1997 was a member of the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee. He is the 2010 winner of the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize awarded by the American Veterans Center. Also in 2010 he delivered the prestigious Kemper Lecture on Churchill at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. In 2011 D’Este received the Pritzker Military Museum and Library Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

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Decision in Normandy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
markbarnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gives a birds-eye perspective on the Normandy campaign, with an emphasis on Montgomery's leadership. One of the fairest assessments by an American, I think, concluding that Montgomery's strengths were not best suited to a campaign which required rapid readjustment and a high-degree of risk-taking. Readers who like to know what war was like for individual soliders may find the book disappointing, but those more interested in strategy and politics will enjoy it immensely.
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Sac-a-lait More than 1 year ago
This well written book will be of interest to all WWII bufs and historians.
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
An excellent book, but you should know that it's a command level history. D'este is writing about Montgomery and Bradley and Ike. People more interested in reading about what the dogfaces went through on the beaches should read "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carlo D'Este goes beyond the mere review of facts. He discusses the motives, the politics, the often acrimonious negotiations between the strong personalities of the major players. He never settles for just recounting the failures and snafus of those first 2 1/2 months of Overlord, he helps us understand why events happene as they did. He achieves balance between being critically analytical and sympathetic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes the tremendous ongoing struggles of the military leaders on both sides of the battle for Normandy to organize and direct the chaos of war. Gaining the beachead on D-day was only the beginning of a months-long bloody fury as the Allies advanced on Germany. Deeply researched, fluidly written, this book shows the process of military decision-making and the difficulties of commanding a multi-national force with the most dire consequences in the balance. This is no doubt the definitive work on the battle of Normandy.