Written on: 02/03/2013 by zerhem (1 review written)
Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, Stephen E. Ambrose's D-Day: June 6, 1944 relies on over 1,400 interviews with veterans, as well as prodigious research in military archives on both sides of the Atlantic. He provides a comprehensive history of the invasion which also eloquently testifies as to how common soldiers performed extraordinary feats. A major theme of the book, upon which Ambrose would later expand in Citizen Soldiers, is how the soldiers from the... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2012
It could be argued that a partial truth is no truth at all. Not to go into the same detail about all participating nationalities, especially in a book entitled 'D-Day', presents little in the way of context. If you are an American then, I'm sure you find this book informative, stirring and an affirmation of all you believe is true about that nation and its role in the 2nd World War. If, on the other hand, you're perhaps French, German, Canadian, Polish, British, Russian, etc., then your... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2010
Astonishingly one sided view of D-Day. Written, I believe, with a potential Hollywood film script in mind rather than an accurate historical account.
Ambrose claims interviews with hundreds of veterans - 99% of whom seem to have been American (with a few Canadian - seems he didn't travel outside of North America for his interviews), with the usual ridiculous stereotypes of their allies (stopping to brew tea etc...) Perhaps it might have helped to use the accounts of at least one or two... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2010
Exceptional book that makes one feel as if one was storming the beaches of Normandy. The valor and courage of both sides, comes through loud and clear. True there may be a slight anti-English bias, however it doesn't detract from the overall message of the book.
As with many Ambrose books, there is some overlap. Stories that are told in other Ambrose books are repeated here.
A long read but well worth the effort. (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2010
A good book, which justifies all accounts about the Americans on D-Day.
One really big problem, is that the author is extrememely anti-English and finds every excuse to make English soldiers (who served and gave their lives for this campaign) look absolutely useless in the D-Day battles.
He has nothing good to say about the English at all.
If I would have known that this book was about the Americans only, I wouldn`t have bought it at all.
The only mention of the English soldiers is at the... (read more)
Written on: 12/10/2009
Stephen E ambrose's D-day is extremely bias towards the americans. He is saying that the the americans had better weaponry than the germans this is not true. The german batalions at D-day had not seen action for many years, neither did the americans. but the americans and british outnumbered and outgunned the germans. The King tiger tank needed 4 shermans to knock it out, with onlky the 4th surviving. The Germans had better weapons, but they had outstretched themselves. to much land not... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2007 by muttley99 (1 review written)
I did not enjoy Stephen E. Ambrose, D-Day. By searching the net, you will find what actually happened on the landing craft from the only living survivor! He's angry, so am I wasting valuable time and money.
In my opinion its poorly written, badly biased toward an American viewpoint and distorted history! (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2006 by priller
There were lot of personal accounts and quotes such as at the end of D-Day Ambrose closed with an Eisenhower quote. (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2004 by Stalin
Stephen E. Ambrose, D-Day - The source of the story in Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg's tour-de-force motion picture on the second world war, was in reality based on a very real story that did take place, despite the very many skeptics who regard it impossible that the United States army would risk the lives of other soldiers just to save one.
The following is an extract from D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, "... The third volunteer, Sgt. Bob Niland, was killed at his machine gun. One of... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2004 by AWG (48 reviews written)
I half expected Stephen E. Ambrose's version of the story of D-Day to be full of American jingoism. True, large sections are devoted to the USA build-up in the UK, and the Omaha and Utah landings. There are endless recollections from veterans who came "over here". I personally read with great affection and respect these accounts from USA service personnel.
But Ambrose's chapters PAYBACK about the Canadian offensive, and FAIRLY STUFFED WITH GADGETS - AN UNFORGETTABLE SIGHT - MY GOD, WE'VE... (read more)
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