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The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

Douglas Brinkley

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"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. Theseare the men who took the cliffs. These are thechampions who helped free a continent. Theseare the heroes who helped end a war."-Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984,Normandy, France Acclaimed historian and author of the "New York Times" bestselling Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley tells the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, forty years later, who paid them homage. The importance of Pointe du Hoc to Allied planners like General Dwight Eisenhower cannot be overstated. The heavy U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel had eighteen targets on their bombardment list for D-Day morning. The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc -- where six big German guns were ensconced -- was number one. General Omar Bradley, in fact, called knocking out the Nazi defenses at the Pointe the toughest of any task assigned on June 6, 1944. Under the bulldoggish command of Colonel James E. Rudder of Texas, who is profiled here, these elite forces "Rudder's Rangers" -- took control of the fortified cliff. The liberation of Europe was under way. Based upon recently released documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Eisenhower Center, Texas A & M University, and the U.S. Army Military History Institute, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. With brilliant deftness, Brinkley moves between two events four decades apart to tell the dual story of the making of Reagan's two uplifting 1984 speeches, considered by many to be among the best orations the Great Communicator ever gave, and the actual heroic event, which was indelibly captured as well in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan".Just as compellingly, Brinkley tells the story of how Lisa Zanatta Henn, the daughter of a D-Day veteran, forged a special friendship with President Reagan that changed public perceptions of World War II veterans forever. Two White H

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English

Length:

6h 22m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:29