The Invasion of Normandy, 1944

Rick Atkinson

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times–bestselling The Guns at Last Light, D-Day captures the events and the spirit of that day—June 6, 1944—the day that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany's control. They came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. Atkinson skillfully guides his younger audience through the events leading up to, and of, the momentous day in this photo-illustrated adaptation. Perfect for history buffs and newcomers to the topic alike!


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MAY 5, 1944
IN THIS ROOM, the greatest Anglo-American military leaders of World War II gathered to rehearse the deathblow intended to destroy Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. It was the 1,720th day of the war. Admirals, generals, field marshals, logisticians, and staff by the score climbed from their limousines and marched into a Gothic building of St. Paul’s School. American military policemen—known as Snowdrops for their white helmets, white pistol belts, white leggings, and white gloves—looked closely at the 146 engraved invitations


Praise for D-Day

"Adapted from Atkinson's adult history of the latter part of WWII, The Guns at Last Light (2013), this is a brisk, busy, gutsy look at modern warfare's most famous offensive." - Booklist


*"This fine adaptation of Atkinson's adult The Guns at Last Light is a readable, and even suspenseful, account of the final preparations for and successful execution of the D-Day invasion." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW


"This version of the much-admired The Guns at Last Light for younger audiences focuses on the drama and the astonishing scale of one of World War II’s pivotal operations: the D-Day invasion . . . A grand and significant tale told with dash and authority." - Kirkus Reviews


Praise for The Guns at Last Light:


“A magnificent book . . . Though the story may seem familiar, I found surprising detail on every page . . . Atkinson’s account of D-Day is both masterly and lyrical . . . [He] is an absolute master of his material.” —Max Hastings, The Wall Street Journal


“A tapestry of fabulous richness and complexity . . . Atkinson is a master of what might be called ‘pointillism history,’ assembling the small dots of pure color into a vivid, tumbling narrative. . . . The Liberation Trilogy is a monumental achievement . . . densely researched but supremely readable.” —The New York Times Book Review


“Breathtaking, unforgettable . . . Atkinson provides us with especially poignant descriptions in a blaze of writing and research that matches the drama and significance of the moment, all without peer in modern history . . . This volume is a literary triumph worthy of the military triumph it explores and explains.” —The Boston Globe

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  • Rick Atkinson

  • Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light, among others. His many other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Invasion of Normandy, 1944

Rick Atkinson