Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

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Pub. Date: 2002-12-01
Publisher(s): Simon & Schuster
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Stephen E. Ambrose draws from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century. Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion were abandoned, and how ordinary soldiers and officers acted on their own initiative. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination -- what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy" -- that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

Table of Contents

The Defenders
The Attackers
The Commanders
Where And When?
Utilizing Assets
Planning and Preparing
Marshaling and Briefing
Decision to Go
Cracking the Atlantic Wall
The Airborne into Normandy
""Let's Get Those Bastards"
"The Airborne Night Attack
""The Greatest Show Ever Staged"
"The Air Bombardment
A Long, Endless Column of Ships
The Naval Crossing and Bombardment
""We'll Start the War from Right Here"
"The 4th Division at Utah Beach
""Nous Restons Ici"
"The Air
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