Books: Feat

INVASION—Charles Christian Werten-baker—Applefon-Century ($2.50).

The first book about the invasion of Normandy, from D-day to the fall of Cherbourg, represents a remarkable publishing feat. Largely written in France, it was assembled and refurbished during a fortnight in London, dispatched to the publishers piecemeal. The last chapters reached the U.S. by courier less than three weeks before publication.

Author Charles Christian Wertenbaker, 44, is chief military correspondent for TIME and LIFE. Shrewd, affable, tweedy "Wert," a seasoned reporter and able writer whose previous books have ranged from Boojum (a college novel) to A New...