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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

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)

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy

by Greg Ward

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 439 PAGES

An informative, detailed guide to Brittany and Normandy with a good overview of history and culture, including sections on Monet, D-Day and Mont-St-Michel. (FRN238, $21.99)

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)

 
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)

Paris Map

Paris Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000. (FRN400, $8.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris

Eyewitness Top Ten Paris


by Mike Gerrard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (FRA48, $14.00)

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

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)

D-Day Remembered, From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris

D-Day Remembered, From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris


by Richard Holmes

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 132 PAGES

This book celebrates the 70th anniversary of D-Day with more than 40 facsimile documents, including a German radio signal log, propaganda distributions and maps, to present a comprehensive portrait of the momentous day. (FRA94, $75.00)

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)

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)

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 D-Day Story

The D-Day Story


by Martin W. Bowman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

This pocket-sized, well-illustrated introduction to the battles of D-Day chronicles the five beaches where more than 160,000 troops went ashore: Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha. (FRA84, $16.95)

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 Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy

The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy


by Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

An oversized, full color photographic celebration of the villages, churches, chateaux, harbors, and coastlines of Normandy. (FRN647, $40.00)

Art of the Middle Ages

Art of the Middle Ages


by Janetta Rebold Benton

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This informative, well-illustrated survey of the visual arts of the Middle Ages offers a lively explorations of the period's magnificent achievements in both art and architecture. (ART163, $18.95)

Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape

Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape


by Marina Ferretti Bocquillon

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Published in conjunction with the new Musee des Impressionnismes in Giverny, this luminous collection captures Monet's beloved works and the landscapes that inspired them. (FRN829, $40.00)

Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist

Monet, the Ultimate Impressionist


by Sylvie Patin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A colorful pocket-size reference to Monet's life, paintings and contemporaries, perfect for those visiting Giverny. (FRN35, $14.95)

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)

Diary of a Witness, 1940-1943


by Raymond-Raoul Lambert

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Lambert's war diary, published in French in 1985 and only recently translated into English, provides a deeper look into the life of Jews in World War II France. Lambert worked with the Resistance to save at least a remnant of the Jews in France but was sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1943. Illustrated with maps and phootgraphs. (FRN736, $27.50)

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town


by Susan Herrmann Loomis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A talented chef with winning prose, Loomis dedicates her memoir to Louviers and its inhabitants "for making room for us." With 50 Norman recipes throughout. (FRN308, $16.00)

Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet

Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet


by Stephanie Cowell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

You can practically smell the paint in Stephanie Cowell's lyrical novel -- peopled by not just Claude Monet and the love of his life, Camille, but also by his best friend Bazille, Renoir, Pissaro and Manet. (FRN891, $15.00)

Within a Budding Grove

Within a Budding Grove


by Marcel Proust | C K Scott Moncrieff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 784 PAGES

The second installment of Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time takes place on the shores of Normandy in the fictional Balbec, based on the real seaside resort town of Cabourg. The narrator turns from the childhood reminiscences of Swann's Way (FRA96) to memories of his adolescence. (FRA97, $17.00)

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