Book review: The Longest Day

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11 August 2019
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It was the book that spawned the epic film of the same name and has become required reading 60 years after it was first published.

Author: Cornelius Ryan

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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It was the book that spawned the epic film of the same name and has become required reading 60 years after it was first published. It’s the story of D-Day itself, as told by an American war reporter attached to Patton’s Third Army. Ryan also went on to write A Bridge Too Far. It’s split into three basic sections, covering the wait and build up, the action during the night and then during the day.

 

This, of course, is a Folio Society edition, which means it comes with a hard cover case, is printed on almost parchment like paper, has illustrations throughout and comes with an introduction by Michael Shapiro and an Afterword taken from articles written by the author, long since passed on of course, himself. So, as you can image, the production standard for this is first rate and while the story reads as well as ever, the introduction is both unnecessary and self-indulgent. But don’t worry about that, just get this as the ultimate edition of a classic account of D-Day itself. It’s available exclusively from The Folio Society.

 

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• 234 pages • Hardback • £25

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer July 2019

 

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