Synopses & Reviews
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutalityand#8212;the stuff of all great adventures.
Noland Norgaard The Denver Post The best war story this reviewer has ever read.
The Denver Post
The best war story this reviewer has ever read.
James Pitts New Orleans Times A little gem. One that will be drawn from by historians of the future.
andlt;Iandgt;Los Angeles Herald Examinerandlt;/Iandgt; All the vividness of a movie, and all the intelligence -- in every sense -- of fine military history.
Drew Middleton The New York Times Book Review An illuminating account of an operation as strategically important as any fought on D-Day.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Ambrose
was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than 30 books. Among his New York Times
best-sellers are: Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944,
and Undaunted Courage
He was not only a great author, but also a captivating speaker, with the unique ability to provide insight into the future by employing his profound knowledge of the past. His stories demonstrate how leaders use trust, friendship and shared experiences to work together and thrive during conflict and change. His philosophy about keeping an audience engaged is put best in his own words:
As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around the campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next.
Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. He was the Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, and the founder of the National D-Day Museum. He was also a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History, a member of the board of directors for American Rivers, and a member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council Board.
His talents have not gone unnoticed by the film industry. Dr. Ambrose was the historical consultant for Steven Spielberg's movie Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks purchased the film rights to his books Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers to make the 13-hour HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.
He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.
Table of Contents
Prefaceandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;1. D-Day: 0000 to 0015 Hoursandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;2. D-Day Minus Two Yearsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;3. D-Day Minus One Year to D-Day Minus One Monthandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;4. D-Day Minus One Month to D-Dayandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;5. D-Day: 0016 to 0026 Hoursandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;6. D-Day: 0026 to 0600 Hoursandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;7. D-Day: 0600 to 1200 Hoursandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;8. D-Day: 1200 to 2400 Hoursandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;9. D-Day Plus One to D-Day Plus Ninetyandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;10. D-Day Plus Three Months to D-Day Plus Fifty Yearsandlt;BRandgt;