Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
Olivier Wieviorka Harvard University Press, 464pp, $ 59.95 THE memory of World War II is fast passing from the land of the living into the realm of history, which is changing the way we understand the conflict. French historian Olivier Wieviorka’s measured study of the liberation of France, from D- Day to the capture of Paris, demonstrates the good this change is doing. There is no bravado or bluster in this study, few tales of Allied gallantry and German perfidy. Rather, there is an analysis of the evidence, of how the Normandy landings were brilliantly planned and bravely executed, of how the Germans were out- gunned and out- thought but held on for months thanks to the quality of their fighting soldiers.