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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

by Carl Shilleto | Mike Tolhurst

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries. (FRN330, $14.95)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII. (FRN40, $19.99)

Battle of Normandy 1944 Map

Battle of Normandy 1944 Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2004
  • MAP

This historic reproduction shows battle dates, parachute drops and locations of Allied forces. (FRN264, $12.95)

 
London Map

London Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. (GBR114, $9.95)

Normandy Map 513

Normandy Map 513


by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic. (FRN49, $11.95)

Fodor's London's 25 Best

Fodor's London's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops. (GBR08, $13.99)

National Geographic France

National Geographic France


by Rosemary Bailey

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

An abundantly illustrated guide to the country with an excellent overview of history, art and culture. (FRN322, $27.95)

National Geographic London

National Geographic London


by Louise Nicholson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the city, its history, neighborhoods and attractions. (GBR330, $22.95)

The D-Day Assault, A 70th Anniversary Guide to the Normandy Landings

The D-Day Assault, A 70th Anniversary Guide to the Normandy Landings


by Steven T. Powers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 134 PAGES

A compact, anniversary guide to the great WWII battle, featuring detailed battlefield tours and monument museum locations as well as places to stay, dine and shop. (FRA174, $12.95)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Codebreakers, the Inside Story of Bletchley Park

Codebreakers, the Inside Story of Bletchley Park


by Alan Stripp | F.H. Hinsley

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Memoirs of life in the British code-cracking department during World War II. (WAR46, $19.95)

D-Day

D-Day


by Antony Beevor

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A new account of the invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. (FRN828, $20.00)

Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944

Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Howarth weaves interviews and eyewitness reports to recreate the atmosphere, horror and confusion of the assault on Normandy in this spellbinding account, first published in 1959. (FRN768, $14.95)

Declassified, 50 Top-Secret Documents That Changed History

Declassified, 50 Top-Secret Documents That Changed History


by Thomas B. Allen

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Culled from archives around the world, these 50 documents illuminate the secret stories of intrigue, espionage, and behind-the-scenes events that played critical roles in history. (SPY35, $26.00)

If Chaos Reigns, The Near-Disaster and Ultimate Triumph of the Allied Airborne Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944

If Chaos Reigns, The Near-Disaster and Ultimate Triumph of the Allied Airborne Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944


by Flint Whitlock

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Drawing on soldiers' accounts, Whitlock details the experience of American, British and Canadian airborne forces during the invasion of Normandy. He builds up to the pre-dawn hours of June 6, 1944, as thousands of paratroopers touch down behind enemy lines, putting themselves in extreme danger. (WAR206, $18.99)

Neptune, The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

Neptune, The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings


by Craig L. Symonds

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 440 PAGES

An informative volume chronicling the naval operations behind D-Day. Symonds bolsters his academic research with the narratives of sailors and soldiers who stormed the beaches. Craig L Symonds is a professor of history at the US Naval Academy. (FRA176, $29.95)

Omaha Beach, D-day, June 6, 1944

Omaha Beach, D-day, June 6, 1944


by Joseph Balkoski

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 410 PAGES

This unforgettable narrative of D-Day was reconstructed minute-by-minute through eyewitness and historical accounts by Balkoski, the Command Historian of the Maryland National Guard. (FRA125, $21.95)

Overlord, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

Overlord, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy


by Max Hastings

  • HISTORY
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A readable and well researched account of "Operation Overlord," the name given to the Allied Invasion of Europe. (WAR20, $16.95)

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge


by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Detailed and engrossing, this volume tells of the British airborne troops whose attack on German defense forces on June 6, 1944, opened the door for the Allied invasion of Normandy. (WAR18, $14.00)

Six Armies in Normandy, From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

Six Armies in Normandy, From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris


by John Keegan

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

A provocative account of the invasion of Normandy and the battles that proceeded it. Keegan's intense descriptions of the war in northern France are accompanied by perceptive analysis of the military tactics that resulted in Allied victory. (FRN118, $17.00)

The D-Day Atlas, Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

The D-Day Atlas, Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign


by Charles Messenger

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

At the heart of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day campaign are 71 color maps, many drawn from the actual maps used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and 82 contemporary photographs help bring the beaches of Normandy to life. (FRA49, $24.95)

The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach


by John C. McManus

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 367 PAGES

Renowned military historian John McManus delves into recently unearthed sources, including interviews with veterans, to tell the story of the 1st Infantry Division "the Big Red One." Already combat veterans of North Africa and Sicily by the time of D-Day, the 1st Infantry waged a legendary nineteen-hours-long battle against German anti-tank guns at Omaha Beach. (FRA175, $27.95)

The Fighting First, The Untold Story of The Big Red One on D-Day

The Fighting First, The Untold Story of The Big Red One on D-Day


by Flint Whitlock

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Acclaimed military historian Flint Whitlock tells the story of the US Army's 1st Infantry Division, a tough and spirited outfit that stormed the beachhead at Normandy and pushed the Germans back to Deutschland. (WAR207, $18.95)

The Guns at Last Light, The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

The Guns at Last Light, The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945


by Rick Atkinson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 928 PAGES

The books in Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy are epic, in-depth histories that concludes with this third effort, a chronicle of war in Western Europe: Normandy, the liberation of Paris, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and the march to Berlin. A hefty masterpiece. Atkinson is a former editor at the Washington Post and has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. (EUR474, $20.00)

Utah Beach, The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations on D-day, June 6, 1944

Utah Beach, The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations on D-day, June 6, 1944


by Joseph Balkoski

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

A complete, thorough history of the Allied operation at Utah Beach, one of the most successful assaults of the war. Balkoski, a command historian of the Maryland National Guard, gives special attention to the paratroopers that dropped behind enemy lines and contributed decisively to Allied victory. (FRA188, $21.95)

Crusade in Europe

Crusade in Europe


by Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

The complete story of World War II as strategized and lived by five-star General Eisenhower. (WAR132, $35.00)

Two Americans, Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World


by William Lee Miller

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

The eminent Lincoln scholar turns to the quintessential politician Truman, and military-minded Eisenhower, who shared a small town background in the Missouri-Mississippi River Valley, in this engaging dual biography. (USA488, $16.95)

Enigma

Enigma


by Robert Harris

  • MYSTERY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

A thriller following mathematician Tom Jericho as he attempts to break the supposedly impenetrable cipher used by Nazi U-boats. Set against the backdrop of the Allied crossing of the North Atlantic. (GRB36, $7.99)

The Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity. (GBR571, $16.00)

Turbulence

Turbulence


by Giles Foden

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

From the highly acclaimed author of The Last King of Scotland, a novel about British and American meteorologists who attempt to pick the right day to cross the English Channel for D-day. (GBR964, $15.95)

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