Field Marshal Montgomery’s battle plan for Normandy, following the D-day landings on June 6, 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D’Este’s acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery’s plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers, and letters that were not available in Montgomery’s lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign and have refrained from speaking out until now.
This is military history at its most dramatic and destined to become the definitive account of the Normandy campaign.
Carlo D’Este retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel to write full time. Among his books are Bitter Victory; Warlord: A Life of Churchill at War, 1874–1945; Patton: A Genius for War; World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945; and Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander.
“Superb…An extraordinarily careful and provocative study of the Normandy campaign.” (Max Hastings, New York Times bestselling author)
“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy campaign] I have ever read.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A fresh perspective on the leadership of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and the Allied landings after D-day.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Good history choice to listen to
Typically I avoid listening to history books as I'm listening on the drive to an from work and there are so many map references it's hard to follow along. Since this book was of a narrow focus there were few places to look up. If you're a history buff you won't even need to do that much.
Great meta-narrative of a tough campaign.
I haven't read the print version.
D-Day by Anthony Beevor; Max Hastings' Overlord
The description of the interplay between Montgomery and his subordinates in the battle for Caen.
D'Este achieves what few have - an impartial and reasoned view of Montgomery. Given all the controversy around the man, this was refreshing. Also, Tom Weiner's performance was exceptional.
- Nj Amoore "Neil"