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Book Title: The Secrets of D-Day|
Edition: Phoenix Books
Date of issue: May 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781597775168
The author of the book: Larry Collins
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 398 KB
Read full description of the books The Secrets of D-Day:Non amo questo genere di libri, ma avendo in programma una vacanza in Normandia, ed essendo stato consigliato da mio figlio, ho fatto uno strappo alla regola. Il libro si concentra in prevalenza sugli aspetti strategici dell'operazione, e sulle azioni di controinformazione adottate dagli Alleati per spostare altrove l'attenzione tedesca, permettendo alle truppe dello sbarco di attestarsi. Ripetitivo come la maggior parte dei libri di storia made in USA, ha il pregio di raccontare anche aspetti poco conosciuti, come la storia del bombardamento delle città normanne da parte degli Alleati; un "effetto collaterale" giustificato dall'esigenza di rendere difficile l'atteso contrattacco tedesco, che non avvenne mai. Tra i difetti di questo libro, l'assoluta assenza di cartine e quadri sinottici, credo indispensabili quando si tratta di un'operazione militare. Apprezzabili il linguaggio scorrevole e la brevità.
Read information about the authorBorn in West Hartford, Connecticut, he was educated at the Loomis Chaffee Institute in Windsor, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale as a BA in 1951. He worked in the advertising department of Procter and Gamble, in Cincinnati, Ohio, before being conscripted into the US Army. While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, from 1953-1955, he met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years.
He went back to Procter and Gamble and became the products manager of the new foods division in 1955. Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of United Press International in 1956, and became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut.
In 1959, he joined Newsweek as Middle East editor, based in New York. He became the Paris bureau chief in 1961, where he would work until 1964, until he switched to writing books.
In 1965, Collins and Lapierre published their first joint work, Is Paris Burning? (in French Paris brûle-t-il?), a tale of Nazi occupation of the French capital during World War II and Hitler's plans to destroy Paris should it fall into the hands of the Allies. The book was an instant success and was made into a movie in 1966 by director René Clément, starring Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford and Alain Delon.
In 1967, they co-authored Or I'll Dress you in Mourning about the Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benítez El Cordobés.
In 1972, after five years' research and interviews, they published O Jerusalem! about the birth of Israel in 1948, turned into a movie by Elie Chouraqui.
In 1975, they published Freedom at Midnight, a story of the Indian Independence in 1947, and the subsequent assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. It is said they spent $300,000 researching and still emerged wealthy.
The duo published their first fictional work, The Fifth Horseman, in 1981. It describes a terrorist attack on New York masterminded by Libya's Colonel Gaddafi. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes. Paramount Pictures, which was planning a film based on the book, dropped the idea in fear that fanatics would emulate the scenario in real life.
In 1985, Collins authored Fall From Grace (without Lapierre) about a woman agent sent into occupied France who realizes she may be betrayed by her British masters if necessary. He also wrote Maze: A Novel (1989), Black Eagles (1995), Le Jour Du Miracle: D-Day Paris (1994) and Tomorrow Belongs To Us (1998). Shortly before his death, he collaborated with Lapierre on Is New York Burning? (2005), a novel mixing fictional characters and real-life figures that speculates about a terrorist attack on New York City.
In 2005, while working from his home in the south of France on a book on the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage.
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