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Historian, researcher, writer, and speaker Edward E. Gordon will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Divided on D-Day: How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at Normandy. Our own Jon Grand will join Mr. Gordon for an an afternoon that students of World War Two hisotry will not want to miss.
This event is free and open to the public. Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
"Another Anglo-American triumph! In Divided on D-Day, Edward E. Gordon and David Ramsay storm history's beaches and shatter lingering myths about the greatest amphibious invasion of all time. Churchill, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, and the rest receive an honest appraisal by an exceptional British-American team of historians. Rich in detail, Divided on D-Day blends operational grandeur with the clashing personalities of Operation Overlord's leaders." --Jonathan W. Jordan, bestselling author of Brothers, Rivals, Victors and American Warlords
"Bold and engaging, Divided on D-Day brings renewed attention to the personalities surrounding Operation Overlord and the Allied campaigns in France and the Low Countries during World War II. With its share of heroes, including Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and the often overlooked Sir Bertram Ramsay, this book does not necessarily overturn existing historiography but highlights interpersonal conflicts, especially those stemming from Montgomery, which hampered Allied efforts before, during, and after the Normandy landings. Although some would disagree with the idea that the Germans were broadly better than the Allies at the tactical level, the adverse effects of the rivalries between various Allied commanders is hard to dispute, even if, as Gordon and Ramsay note, the Allies were less dysfunctional than the German Wehrmacht. A quick and lively read." --James Villanueva, captain, US Army
Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D. taught history courses at DePaul University Chicago and also business subjects at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern. Dr. Gordon is a member of the American Historical Association and was a participant in the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians. He is the author or co-author of 19 books and has written over 300 articles in journals and trade publications.
Longtime bookseller Jon Grand is The Book Stall's resident expert on all things history and nonfiction. We love his wide range of enthusiasms and interests, his wonderful book reviews in our newsletter, his skill in leading book discussion groups, and his frequent on-stage interviews with some of the most fasciating writers and thinkers of our time.
Two historians--one American and one British--examine the ways in which rivalries and personality conflicts among Allied commanders adversely affected the D-Day invasion and its aftermath.