Decision in Normandy by Carlo D’Este audiobook

Decision in Normandy

By Carlo D’Este
Read by Tom Weiner

Blackstone Publishing
16.52 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“In an audiobook as complex and detailed as this examination of the planning and execution of the D-Day invasion, it’s vital that the narrator be clear and carry the narrative along smoothly. Tom Weiner does a solid job. His diction is crisp, befitting a book on military history but not so martial that it sounds affected. For direct quotes, he changes the tone of his voice slightly, as well as his pacing, so it’s easier for the listener to differentiate the author and his sources.” AudioFile
“Again and again [D’Este] reveals new facets of familiar subjects—in part from his own dual American army and British academic background; in party by querying everyone and everything.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by SteveL40831 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Outstanding

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I was expecting lots of detailed battle-type info but it was mainly about the leaders and decisive decisions of the campaign, the sparring that went on behind-the-scenes, the logic behind the major operations (Goodwood, Cobra, etc) and good information about each of them and their aftermath. The author seemed very objective to me, he had positive and negative things to say about all the important characters -- Bradley, Patton, Monty, O'Connor, as well as several of the air leaders, etc. I especially enjoyed the detailed coverage of the Falaise Pocket and why it wasn't as smashing a victory as it could have been.

This is one audiobook that I will listen to again in the future.

Author

Author Bio: Carlo D’Este

Author Bio: Carlo D’Este

Carlo D’Este, an American military historian and biographer, is the author of several books, primarily on World War II. In 2011 he received the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He served as an officer in the US Army and was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak-leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. He 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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English