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Jeff Shaara, America's premier author of military historical fiction, brings us the centerpiece of his epic trilogy of the Second World War.

General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler's European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler's forces, who have already conquered Western Europe. On the coast of France, German commander Erwin Rommel fortifies and prepares for the coming invasion, acutely aware that he must bring all his skills to bear on a fight his side must win. But Rommel's greatest challenge is to strike the Allies on his front, while struggling behind the lines with the growing insanity of Adolf Hitler, who thwarts the strategies Rommel knows will succeed.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate-Omaha Beach.

From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the war's most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and, ultimately, changed history.

Review:

"This keystone of the bestselling WWII trilogy dramatizes D-Day and ups the bar for military historicals, demonstrating that Shaara (The Rising Tide) has hit full stride. The epic-scale novel opens on January 25, 1944, with British commandos gathering soil samples on Omaha Beach to assess landing sites. Shaara gives the Americans, called 'the great waves of steel' by the Germans, their due portion in the grisly, brutal Allied invasion, and the experiences of the grunt soldiers — most notably the indefatigable U.S. Army Sgt. Jesse Adams — offers a field-level view of D-Day and afterward, generating more suspenseful reading than the matter-of-fact accounts of the big-brass dealings of Eisenhower and Churchill. The Allied leaders' personalities emerge with agile clarity, while German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel embodies 'the good soldier' laboring under a delusional Hitler and German High Command ensconced in cozy Berlin. Rommel's ambivalent complicity in the assassination plot on Hitler is convincingly rendered and paves the way for the final act. The muscular prose, deft sense of military drama and relentless pacing are well suited for this crackerjack saga." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[M]agnificent and epic....Intense, compelling, and thoroughly researched, this is much more than just an excellent historical novel. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

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The second volume in New York Times-bestselling author Shaara's acclaimed World War II trilogy takes readers to the most famous chapter in the war — D-Day and the battle for Normandy.

Synopsis:

Jeff Shaara, Americas premier author of military historical fiction, brings us the centerpiece of his epic trilogy of the Second World War.

General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitlers European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitlers forces, who have already conquered Western Europe. On the coast of France, German commander Erwin Rommel fortifies and prepares for the coming invasion, acutely aware that he must bring all his skills to bear on a fight his side must win. But Rommels greatest challenge is to strike the Allies on his front, while struggling behind the lines with the growing insanity of Adolf Hitler, who thwarts the strategies Rommel knows will succeed.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate-Omaha Beach.

From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the wars most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and, ultimately, changed history.

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The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff Shaara completed his father's Civil War trilogy with Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, and went on to earn acclaim as an author of historical novels that document and dramatize the events that formed the foundation of our country.

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After reading Jeff Shaara's other books, I am eagerly awaiting this next book, "The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II. I will be at the front of the line when it is released!!
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ISBN:
9780345461421
Author:
Shaara, Jeff
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
wwii;fiction;historical fiction;history;war;d-day;military;normandy;eisenhower;rommel;novel;military fiction;american history;france
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Series:
World War II
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.31x6.53x1.50 in. 1.87 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This keystone of the bestselling WWII trilogy dramatizes D-Day and ups the bar for military historicals, demonstrating that Shaara (The Rising Tide) has hit full stride. The epic-scale novel opens on January 25, 1944, with British commandos gathering soil samples on Omaha Beach to assess landing sites. Shaara gives the Americans, called 'the great waves of steel' by the Germans, their due portion in the grisly, brutal Allied invasion, and the experiences of the grunt soldiers — most notably the indefatigable U.S. Army Sgt. Jesse Adams — offers a field-level view of D-Day and afterward, generating more suspenseful reading than the matter-of-fact accounts of the big-brass dealings of Eisenhower and Churchill. The Allied leaders' personalities emerge with agile clarity, while German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel embodies 'the good soldier' laboring under a delusional Hitler and German High Command ensconced in cozy Berlin. Rommel's ambivalent complicity in the assassination plot on Hitler is convincingly rendered and paves the way for the final act. The muscular prose, deft sense of military drama and relentless pacing are well suited for this crackerjack saga." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[M]agnificent and epic....Intense, compelling, and thoroughly researched, this is much more than just an excellent historical novel. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , The second volume in New York Times-bestselling author Shaara's acclaimed World War II trilogy takes readers to the most famous chapter in the war — D-Day and the battle for Normandy.
"Synopsis" by , Jeff Shaara, Americas premier author of military historical fiction, brings us the centerpiece of his epic trilogy of the Second World War.

General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitlers European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitlers forces, who have already conquered Western Europe. On the coast of France, German commander Erwin Rommel fortifies and prepares for the coming invasion, acutely aware that he must bring all his skills to bear on a fight his side must win. But Rommels greatest challenge is to strike the Allies on his front, while struggling behind the lines with the growing insanity of Adolf Hitler, who thwarts the strategies Rommel knows will succeed.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate-Omaha Beach.

From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the wars most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and, ultimately, changed history.

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