The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
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The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc — where six big German guns were ensconced — was the number one target of the heavy U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel on D-Day morning. Facing arguably the toughest task to befall U.S. forces during the war, the brave men of the Army 2nd Ranger Battalion boldly took control of the fortified cliff and set in motion the liberation of Europe.
Based upon recently released documents, here is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley deftly moves between events four decades apart to tell two riveting stories: the making of Ronald Reagan’s historic 1984 speeches about the storming of the Normandy coast and the actual heroic event that inspired them and helped to end the Second World War.
“Brinkley knows there is sometimes a theater to war and always to its remembrance.” “Compelling reading.” “Riveting.” “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc are needed today…. An important and entertaining book.” “Brinkley knows there is sometimes a theater to war and always to its remembrance.” “In this jewel of a book, Douglas Brinkley proves his skills as a master storyteller.” “A gripping account of the Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc; and a bold, even brilliant treatment of Reaganesque stagecraft.” “In this fascinating new study, Douglas Brinkley… sheds fresh light on the making of a crucial presidential moment.” “A powerful tale that celebrates, and explores, the patriotism and pride inspired by America’s brave soldiers.” “Both the novice and D-Day historian will want to read The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.”
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