The Longest Day
The D-Day Story, June 6, 1944
Introduced by Michael Shapiro
Afterword by the author
The Folio Society edition of The Longest Day commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Cornelius Ryan’s riveting text is complemented by 42 integrated photographs, and a binding image by Robert Capa.
'By morning an immense fleet of five thousand ships would stand off the invasion beaches of Normandy'
D-Day, the beginning of Operation Overlord and the Allied invasion of Europe, took place on 6 June 1944. Cornelius Ryan (himself at the heart of the action as Daily Telegraph war correspondent) spent 10 years interviewing over 1,000 participants to produce the most famous book ever written about D-Day. The Folio Society edition of The Longest Day has been issued as a stirring commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Ryan’s engaging narrative ensures that this work remains as accessible and illuminating as when it was first published in 1959, with the eponymous Oscar-winning film maintaining the book’s enduring and deserved celebrity. D-Day boasted the largest armada the world had ever seen, with nearly 5,000 ships carrying almost a quarter of a million soldiers and sailors. But rather than a conventional military history, The Longest Day places its emphasis on the people involved: the combatants on both sides and the civilians caught in the middle. Ryan draws on many captured German documents, including the war diaries and logs of Rommel, Von Rundstedt, and the German Seventh and Fifteenth Armies, to provide a compelling account.
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a printed cloth front board
Set in in Dante with Universe as display
42 integrated black & white illustrations, plus 4 maps
Printed map endpapers
10˝ x 6¾˝