Monday, June 16, 2014

NONFICTION MONDAY: D-Day, The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson


Adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times–bestselling The Guns at Last LightD-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!


With the 70th anniversary of D-Day having recently passed, I thought it appropriate to highlight this title this month.  Overall, I thought the book was beautifully designed with plentiful photographs and highly readable text.  I did find one factual error on the caption of one photograph (Teddy Roosevelt Jr. did not establish the Rough Riders during the Spanish American War, his father did), but I'm assuming that will be fixed in coming editions.

The book breaks up the book into several sections: The Plan, The Invasion, Epilogue with a number of appendixes.  The appendixes I found very interesting as they looked at specific aspects of the war, including total numbers of soldiers, approximate number of casualties, weapons used, care of the wounded, etc. The photographs do a nice job breaking up the text so the book is more readable for young adults.

Content-wise, the main events leading up to and including the invasion itself provide for fascinating reading. The quotes from actual participants added a human touch.  The violence and some bad language make this most appropriate for more mature/older readers.

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