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Monte Cassino opens in the cold Italian winter of 1943--44. Germany would lose the war, but they still held much of Italy, leaving the Allies to fight their way north to capture Rome--a route no army had taken since Hannibal traversed the Alps to avoid it. And overlooking the only possible passage stood the ancient Abbey of Monte Cassino. The ultimate decision to bomb Monte Cassino was one of the most controversial--and tragic--events of World War II. The combat that followed was just as tragic: Soldiers from more than a dozen nations fought through that savage winter in a ferocious battle that allowed no advance or retreat. Here Hapgood and Richardson examine the military operations and political machinations that led inexorably to the bombing, explore the personalities of all involved, and in a new afterword reflect on its lingering consequences. This is an epic tale of men--and monks--at war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306811210
ISBN-10: 0306811219
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - David Hapgood

David Hapgood has written for many publications, including the New York Times, and is the author of several books. He lives in New York City. David Richardson researched this book for ten years. He resides in McLean, Virginia.

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