See also: Ryan
These 2 most famous books are the longest day (1959) which tells the history of the D-day at the time of the Débarquement of Normandy and a bridge too far , on the allied operation Market Garden in September 1944 in the Netherlands. The 2 works éponymes were carried to the cinema respectively in 1962 and 1977.
Born with Dublin, Ryan settled in London in 1941 where after a passage to the Reuters agency, it became correspondent war for the Daily Telegraph in 1941. It covered initially the air war in Europe before joining the army of the general George Patton of which it covered the actions until the end of the war in Europe. It left then for the theater the Pacific in 1945, then with Jerusalem in 1946.
Ryan emigrated with the the United States in 1947 to work for the Time magazine, then briefly for Newsweek and finally for Collier' S. He married Kathryn Morgan and became American citizen in 1950. For its period with the Collars, it obtained an international recognition for its reports on the American space programs. In 1956, for 2 articles “One Minute to Ditch” and “Five Desperate Hours in Cabin 56”, it obtained 3 journalistic rewards: the Benjamin Franklin award, Overseas Close Club award and University off Illinois award.
In 1956, it started to write the longest Day . It was immediately a best-seller and it continued with the last battle (1965), on the Bataille of Berlin. The book is rich in details with information coming from civilians and sources American, British, Russian and German. In 1970, it is reached of a cancer but in spite of regular chemotherapies the writing from a bridge too much far begins. The book was published in 1974 but Ryan died during the promotional round of the book. The notes which it had taken during its disease were compiled and published by his wife in 1976 under the name has private battle .
It was decorated with the French Légion of honor and was made doctor honoris causa in literature of the university of the Ohio, where the Cornelius Ryan Collection is sheltered within the Alden library.
- Cornelius Ryan collection and its biography in Ohio University
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