Monday, August 27, 2018

ARC Review: D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson

D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Series: Scholastic Focus
Publication: Scholastic Nonfiction (August 28, 2018)

Description: The WWII invasion known as D-Day was the largest military endeavor in history. By June 6, 1944, Hitler and his allies had a strong grip on the European continent, where Nazi Germany was engaged in the mass extermination of the Jewish people. The goal of D-Day was the total defeat of Hitler's regime, and the defense of free democracies everywhere. Knowing they had to breach the French coast, the US, Great Britain, and Canada planned for the impossible.

D-Day was an invasion not for conquest, but liberation, and required years to plan and total secrecy to keep the advantage of surprise. Once deployed, Operation Overlord involved soldiers, sailors, paratroopers, and specialists. Acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the contributions of not only D-Day's famous players, but African Americans, women, journalists, and service members in a masterful tapestry of official documents, personal narratives, and archival photos to bring this decisive battle to vivid, thrilling life.

My Thoughts: This story about D-Day brings to life, through the words of a few of the participants, the planning, horrors, and triumphs of one of the most important battles of the Second World War. Hopkinson focuses mainly on the American contribution to the battle.

The story is broken into small chunks with frequent "Look, Listen, Remember" sections that give links to further information about the current topic. Sections called "Briefings" and "Reader's Invasion Briefing" provide a wider context to the the eyewitness material. Other sections called "Reporter's Notebooks" give information about some of the men and women who were war photographers and correspondents. "Dispatches" are first person accounts.

The book is liberally illustrated with photos and maps. It also ends with an extensive "Quartermaster's Department" which includes a timeline, a list of the important people in the book, a glossary, a list of additional sources and detailed notes identifying and giving credit for all the quotes. The book will have an index which was not included in my ARC.

This book was compelling and fascinating. It is an excellent example of the best in current nonfiction and provides the reader with a basic understanding of this important battle and lots of pointers to where interested readers can get more information.

Favorite Quote:
"As soon as I could, I reported to Colonel [Robert] Cole. He looked me right in the eye and said, "Fitzgerald, if I wasn't so glad to see you, I'd shoot you.'"

The reason? Before they jumped, Cole had asked him to put some tape on his .45 holster so he wouldn't lose the gun out of it during the jump. "Evidently I became carried away with my task. Shortly after he landed, he had to drop on a couple of Germans."

But when Cole reached for his gun, it took him several minutes to unwind the tape! In the meantime, the Germans escaped.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Scholastic. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I actually live within an hour of the National D-Day Memorial. If you ever get a chance to visit, you should. They built a beautiful monument to pay tribute to the Bedford Boys and all those who fought.

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