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11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 | [Stanley Weintraub]

11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944

11 Days in December tells the unforgettable story of one of the grimmest points of World War II and its Christmas Eve turn toward victory. In December 1944, the Allied forces thought their campaign for securing Europe was in its final stages. But Germany had one last great surprise attack still planned, leading to some of the most intense fighting in World War II: the Battle of the Bulge.
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Publisher's Summary

11 Days in December tells the story of one of the grimmest points in World War II and its Christmas Eve turn toward victory.

In December 1944, the Allied forces thought their campaign for securing Europe was in its final stages. But Germany had one last great surprise attack still planned, leading to some of the most intense fighting in World War II: the Battle of the Bulge. After 10 days of horrific weather conditions and warfare, General Patton famously asked God, "Sir, whose side are you on?" For the next four days, as the skies cleared, the Allies could fly again, the Nazis were contained, and the outcome of the war was ensured.

Renowned historian and author Stanley Weintraub weaves together the stories of ordinary soldiers and their generals to recreate this dramatic, crucial narrative of a miraculous shift of luck in the midst of the most significant war of the modern era.

©2006 Stanley Weintraub; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A compact, fast-moving account of those critical days....Weintraub's use of the letters and diaries of 'lesser' soldiers enlivens his account and makes this a particularly poignant saga of men in war." (Booklist)

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    Paul B. Proctor ATL 05-11-07
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    I read a lot of military history books and I have to say that this one was not one of the best.

    It was really disjointed, moving from the macro (what was happening between the armies) to excruciating micro (long, detailed descriptions of a meal a certain general ate).

    Can't say I'd recommend this book.

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    Rex Rosetta, South Africa 04-14-10
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    A very well researched and described story of what happened at the Battle of the Bulge.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11 Days in December to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    End of Battle


    What does Patrick Cullen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All the usual emotions as if he saw it all happen himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several times


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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 09-15-07
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    But there are better WWII books.

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