Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle That Shaped World War II in Europe (Hardcover)

The Decisive Battle That Shaped World War II in Europe

By John Prados

Nal Caliber, 9780451233837, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2011



A military intelligence expert examines the most formative battle of World War II.
The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. Millions of soldiers battling for control of Europe were thrust onto the front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided.
Author John Prados tells the story of how and why the tactics and battle plans of Normandy proved so formative, and reconstructs the climactic Allied Normandy breakout from both sides of the battle lines.

About the Author

Dr. John Prados is a senior research fellow on national security affairs, including foreign affairs, intelligence, and military subjects, at the National Security Archive. He also directs the Archive s Iraq Documentation Project, as well as its Vietnam Project. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University. His books "Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945 1975," " Keepers of the Keys," and "Combined Fleet Decoded" were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published articles with "Vanity Fair," "The" "Journal of American History, Scientific American, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post," and "The Boston Globe.""