1st US Edition HB 1974 ISBN=0671217925
1st UK Edition HB 1974 ISBN=024189073X
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in the UK in 1974 by "Hamish Hamilton Ltd.".
Printed by "Western Printing Services Ltd.". Written by Cornelius Ryan.
ISBN number 24189073X.
Perhaps the best known of all "Arnhem" books, this gives a highly detailed overview
of Operation Market Garden and was used as the basis of the 1977 film.
Cornelius Ryan (5 June 1920 - 23 November 1974) was an Irish journalist and author
mainly known for his writings on popular military history, especially World War II.
His two best-known books are The Longest Day (1959), which tells the story of
the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and A Bridge Too Far (1974), which tells the story
of Operation Market Garden, the ill-fated assault by airborne forces on the Netherlands
culminating in the battle of Arnhem. Both books were made into major motion pictures,
in 1962 and 1977, respectively.
Born in Dublin and educated at Christian Brothers' School Synge Street, South
Circular Road, Dublin, Ryan moved to London in 1940, and became a war correspondent
for the Daily Telegraph in 1941. He initially covered the air war in Europe, flew
along on fourteen bombing missions with the Eighth and Ninth U.S. air forces, and
then joined General George Patton's army and covered its actions until the end of
the European war. He transferred to the Pacific theatre in 1945, and then to
Jerusalem in 1946.
Ryan emigrated to the United States in 1947 to work for Time magazine, followed by
other magazines (he was an editor in "Colliers"). He married Kathryn Morgan (1925-1993),
a novelist, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1950.
In 1956 he began to write The Longest Day. It was an instant success, and he followed
it with The Last Battle (1965), about the Battle of Berlin. The book contains detailed
accounts from all perspectives: civilian, American, British, Russian and German.
It deals with the intense political situation in the spring of 1945 in which the
eastern and western fronts fought for the chance to liberate Berlin and carve up the
remains of Germany.
He was awarded the French Legion of Honour, and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree
from Ohio University, where the Cornelius Ryan Collection is housed (Alden Library).
A Bridge Too Far was published in 1974, and Ryan died of cancer while on tour
promoting the book.
Four years after his death, his struggle with cancer was detailed in A Private Battle,
written by his wife, from notes he had secretly left behind for that purpose.
He is buried, alone, in the Ridgebury Cemetery, in northern Ridgefield, Connecticut.