Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Normandy, Fifty Years Later

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Normandy, Fifty Years Later

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D-Day: June 6, 1944 By Stephen E. Ambrose 655 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30

THIRTY-FIVE years, a full generation by anybody's reckoning, have passed since Cornelius Ryan popularized the story of the Normandy Invasion with "The Longest Day." We're overdue for an update, and on this 50th anniversary of D-Day, Stephen E. Ambrose has given us a good one in "D-Day: June 6, 1944."

Much of Ambrose's work consists of snippets from the memories of veterans. But this book goes beyond the self-imposed limits of oral history. Ambrose gives the veterans' words a context and perspective that oral history lacks.

Although Ambrose renders a proper salute to the British, Canadians and Germans, the central characters of his book are the Americans who grappled their way ashore that day. Ambrose takes public issue with such historians as Britain's Max Hastings, who insist that the Germans were better soldiers than the Allies. …

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