New & Notable: ‘D-Day Illustrated Edition’

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D-Day Illustrated Edition

by Stephen E. Ambrose

Simon & Schuster, $40

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June 6 marks 70 years since Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy — one of the most pivotal events of World War II, and, arguably, of the 20th century. Distinguished historian and author Stephen Ambrose ( Band of Brothers, Undaunted Courage) brings to life the stories of the soldiers who fought on D-Day in the remarkable new D-Day Illustrated Edition: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II.

In this update to his iconic D-Day, more than 125 black-and-white photos help illustrate the daring, determination, horror and heroism that took place on and around June 6, 1944. Among the stunning images is a photo taken from the deck of a U.S. military ship that shows how rough the seas were on the way to the Normandy Beach landing; readers can almost feel the waves crashing against the ship, spraying water. Another depicts bomber crews of the U.S. 9th Air Force smiling confidently as they leave their aircraft after completing a D-Day mission to disrupt German communication and supply lines. Toward the end of the 750-page hardcover tome is one of the most telling images: that of French fishermen — one with a cigarette in his mouth and his hands in his pockets — standing over a row of corpses along the beach after the D-Day landing.

Ambrose conducted more than 1,400 interviews with American, Canadian, British, French and German veterans for the book. It is a powerful tribute and an indispensable resource of history.

— Stephanie Allmon

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