'A quite outstanding book. . . a truly outstanding historian of war'. Professor Sir Michael Howard in Standpoint

'Dramatic, exciting, well-paced and lucid. . . there is no writer who can surpass Beevor in making sense of a crowded battlefield and in balancing the explanation of tactical manoeuvres with poignant flashes of human detail'. Christopher Silvester in the Daily Express

'In this brilliantly co-ordinated and almost overwhelmingly upsetting history of D-Day and its aftermath, Antony Beevor . . . homes in on such details with the heightened senses of a great novelist. . . Beevor never allows the deadly truth of war to be obscured by the foggy language of academia: this is history that is felt, war as it was experienced by real people, by our fathers and grandfathers.' ***** Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday.

'This massive narrative sweep is very much in the tradition of Beevor's bestsellers Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall. It is clear from the outset that he succeeds, to a quite remarkable degree, in catching that sense of scale that marked out one of the decisive campaigns of history. . . Beevor's judgments are overwhelmingly sound.' Richard Holmes in the Evening Standard

'Antony Beevor's vast panorama of the entire campaign seen from both camps becomes invaluable. . . his narrative takes on a taut intensity as compelling as that of his justly applauded Stalingrad.' Andro Linklater in the Spectator

'It is these human touches, as well as the operational detail and the strategic-level machinations that Beevor excels at. . . Beevor deftly handles the brushes on the great Overlord canvas.. . Beevor tells it all with the soldier's eye for what matters on the ground as much as with the historian's for the broader understanding of events.' Allan Mallinson in the Times.

'This most humanitarian work of military history. . . Beevor has has a particularly keen eye for the aperçu or quotation that brings an experience to life.' Andrew Roberts in the Daily Telegraph

'Beevor does battle history consummately, but he does something more than battle history. His account of the battle for Normandy combines clarity and density. The narrative has a characteristic texture. It is not so much the face of battle as the very pores. The texture comes from the testimony he noses out, truffle-like, from the archives. When it comes to truffle-hunting, Beevor is well-nigh unbeatable. . . The text abounds in memorable observations, with democratic disregard for rank and station. . . This first-hand testimony offers something more than morsels. It bears witness to the nature of war. . . Beevor is finely attuned to the military cultures and sub-cultures he describes. He is particularly good on combat effectiveness, battle weariness, collaboration sentimentale, psychological breakdown, coping mechanisms, concepts of honour and military civility: the grandeur and servitude of arms.' Alex Danchev in the Independent.

'In this book, Antony Beevor has succeeded brilliantly. D-Day can sit proudly alongside his other masterworks on Stalingrad and the fall of Berlin. It provides a view of the battlefield from all sides: the soldiers killing each other in the hedgerows, the commanders directing them, the terrified French civilians watching their progress, and the political leaders in London, Berlin and Washington wrestling with gigantic decisions. The result is an engrossing narrative that illuminates and appals in equal measure. . . Beevor's book superbly brings the events of that summer to life again and reminds us of why we should never allow ourselves to forget them.' Patrick Bishop in the Daily Telegraph

'It is the personal narratives of ordinary servicemen that drive this book. This is the same approach Beevor took in his justly acclaimed Stalingrad, Berlin: The Downfall and other books. Once again gripping narrative is the result. . . The pleasure of this book lies in the vividness of an episodic narrative, backed up by judicious use of quotations. . . It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement . . . He has overleaped the barrier of hindsight, getting us as near as possible to experiencing what it was like to be there, that fateful summer 65 years ago.' Giles Foden in the Guardian

'Beevor tells it straight. He doesn't try to compete with his subject. . . the dramatically effective deployment of his material, is what gives D-Day its compelling forward movement. . . D-Day is a triumph of research and dense with human detail: like one of those fractal patterns, it is as intricate at any level of magnification. . . This is a terrific, inspiring, heart-breaking book. It makes the argument all over again that the world would be an infinitely better place if it didn't keep producing subject matter for military historians: but as long as it does, we can rejoice that at the top of that profession is Antony Beevor.' Sam Leith in the Daily Mail.

'Where this book scores most heavily is that it tells a thrilling story, with all Beevor's narrative mastery of awesomely complex material. . . Beevor describes this campaign brilliantly. . . A mark of Beevor's skill, honed in his work on Stalingrad, Crete, the Spanish Civil War and the fall of Berlin, is that the detailed descriptions of the ebb and flow of the campaign on both sides - Allied and German - never leave the reader confused.' Chris Patten in the Financial Times

'Beevor is a master of the art of casting brilliant new illumination upon familiar themes. . . He has assembled a mass of new sources, fresh voices, untold anecdotes to create a saga as vivid as his earlier narratives of Stalingrad and the Battle for Berlin . . . Beevor's account of 6 June, and especially of Omaha, is exemplary . . . No one knows better than Beevor how to translate the dry stuff of military history into human drama of the most vivid and moving kind. His book offers a thousand vignettes of drama, terror, cruelty, compassion, courage and cowardice.. . . This is as powerful and authoritative account of the battle for Normandy as we are likely to get in a generation.' Max Hastings in the Sunday Times

'Antony Beevor is not just any military historian: as a master of narrative, expertly blending, expertly blending the grand sweep with the telling anecdote, he has few peers. . . What emerges from this thoroughly researched and gripping narrative is the appalling human suffering of the struggle. . . this splendid book.' Dominic Sandbrook in the Observer.

'Beevor skilfully evokes the fear of ambush that lurked behind the high hedges, the smell of dead cattle, the effect of unripe apples falling through the hatches of the tanks. He pictures the cruel disruption of the rural scene.' Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph


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