The best books to read this month: July

Wondering what books to read this month? Here's our monthly review.
Wondering what books to read this month? Here's our monthly review.

We read recent releases with a link to France. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time...

Editor's choice: Sand & Steel

Peter Caddick-Adams, Hutchinson, £35

ISBN: 978-1-847-94828-1

Editor's choice: Sand & Steel
Editor's choice: Sand & Steel

This book places a microscope on the preparation and the 24-hours of D-Day itself, using interviews and memoirs from veterans to bring the events vividly to life. The author is certainly qualified – with a doctorate in war studies, he has taught at Oxford, the UK Defence Academy and at RAF Halton, as well as having seen action in the UK Regular Reserve Forces. Caddick-Adams says D-Day may have taken place in a ‘small corner of Norman­dy’ but was one of the best-prepared military operations of history, and involved “a whole generation”.

Startlingly, more lives were lost in vital but dangerous preparations than on ...

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