The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

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Harper Collins, May 23, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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.

  

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Review: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the US Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

The amazing story of the US Army Rangers who did the impossible on D-Day, and the fascinating story behind President Reagan's historic speech in their honor on the 40th anniversary. Read full review

Review: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the US Army 2nd Ranger Battalion

User Review  - Justin Tapp - Goodreads

This book chronicles the history of the 2nd Ranger Battalion (drawing heavily on other more definitive sources in that regard), Ronald Reagan's views of WWII through his acting roles at the time, then ... Read full review

Contents

Setting the Stage
1
Darbys Rangers
15
2
26
Rudders Rangers
35
3
49
Climbing the Cliffs Destroying the Guns
63
Reagans Hollywood War
99
5
118
6
128
Reagans Normandy Day
152
After the Speeches
194
Epilogue
213
Appendix
225
Notes and Sources
237
Acknowledgments
261
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About the author (2006)

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas.

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