- File Size: 1670 KB
- Print Length: 643 pages
- Publisher: Ken Hite; 1 edition (January 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ZN5OO8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Day At The Beach June 6, 1944 Kindle Edition
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As a small child, I remember my Dad, a Navy aircraft carrier radio man in his uniform, my uncles in their Army and Marine uniforms, and my Aunt in her uniform. World War II had a major family impact and became a life-long interest. As an adult, I read everything I could get my hands on concerning that tremendous historical time. Later in life, I visited Normandy and saw the relics and the sacred ground where others remain. I've visited the World War II museum in New Orleans several times and would take any opportunity to visit it again. The Hite novel is fully consistent with the spirit of all that I have read.
I am thankful to Ken Hite for his story which described the scale and difficulties of the fighting. The story dramatizes the inter-personal conflicts that threatened its success. People can't stop being human even when the need is so great! Alternative approaches are investigated and carefully explained. As an engineer, I found his methodical treatment of the technical details absorbing.
I particularly appreciated the last section, "A Day at the Beach" - Fact or Fiction? It helped pull me out of my immersion in his story and bring me back to the facts of those events.
Since this is his first novel, I hope there will be more. I would suggest that Ken Hite now turn his attention and talents to the other side of the world and do the same for the Pacific. The Battle of Leyte Gulf or the turning point of Midway or some of the other epic conflicts would provide material for Ken's creative approach.
Walter S. Ciciora,
Author Ken Hite has studied World War II for many years and has detailed knowledge of the battles, the politics, the decision-making, and the personalities involved. His concern with other portrayals of World War II were that the story, as told, was sterile--a long ago conflict whose leading characters were almost statue-like. Not with this book. Here Eisenhower, Marshall and Churchill are depicted as real human beings with great strengths, but also shortcomings that make them human and accessible if not always admirable.
The story revolves around three young, but battle-hardened American officers who fear that D-day will fail unless the assault plan is changed. But first, they must navigate the political intrigues of London and Washington. One misstep will result in both their court martial and a bloodbath on Omaha Beach.
This book illuminates the bitter intra-mural conflicts that almost caused D-day to fail: British versus Americans, Army versus Navy, and the 8th Air Force against everyone.
To WWII buffs the D-Day battles include surprise after surprise on both the American and German side. "A Day at the Beach" presents an alternate view of history; it may not have happened this way, but maybe it should have.
Gerald Cusack Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
Saint John's University