The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

  • by Douglas Brinkley
  • Narrated by Douglas Brinkley
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed historian and New York Times best-selling author of Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley brings the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, 40 years later, who paid them homage. U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel had 18 targets on their bombardment list for D-Day morning. The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc, where six big German guns were ensconced, was number one. Under the bulldoggish command of Colonel James E. Rudder of Texas, these elite forces, "Rudder's Rangers", took control of the fortified cliff. The liberation of Europe was under way.
Based upon recently released documents, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. With brilliant deftness, Brinkley moves between two events four decades apart to tell the dual story of the making of Reagan's two uplifting 1984 speeches, considered by many to be among the best orations the Great Communicator ever gave.

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What the Critics Say



2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Unabridged)
"Brinkley clearly and movingly tells the story of how a simple tribute became a milestone in the historiography of WWII and another feather in the Great Communicator's cap." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not quite what I was hoping...

First I would like to say that this is a good book, however it is more a history of a speech that was given in memorium than the battle itself. This made the book quite dissapointing for me. I feel that the actual telling of the trials and tribulations that these men went through was cut short in order to inform the reader of a few speech writers, interesting yes, but not what I expected and perhaps that is my fault. I like listening to books that detail obscenely difficult circumstances so that I can not find a reason to quit walking/running at mile 30. This book is only inspirational for about the first two hours, then it cuts over to people who got to sleep in a bed every night.
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- Shanaldo1

Disappointed

This book misses out on the action; the actual taking of the German Position - the supposed foacus of the author - takes up some 30 minutes at maximum, I'd guess. The first half is full of hyperbole about just how brave the boys were - we know that - and how much braver they were than their British conterparts - a position which the boys themselves would never support. The second half wanders all over the place: Peggy Noonan, the Reagan Speech in 1984, politics, Irving Berlin, Reagan making films for GE.

Frankly, it's the first time I've wanted my money returned. Poor writing; irrelevant material and incessant musings over Reagan and the author's political baises.
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- peter "A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio