A Bridge Too Far (book)

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A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far - 1974 Book Cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Cornelius Ryan
Country United States
Language English
Genre War
Published 1974 (Simon & Schuster)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 672 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-684-80330-5

A Bridge Too Far, a non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan published in 1974, tells the story of Operation Market Garden, a failed Allied attempt to break through German lines at Arnhem across the river Rhine in the occupied Netherlands during World War II. The title of the book comes from a comment made by British Lieutenant General Frederick Browning, deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army, who told Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery before the operation, "I think we may be going a bridge too far."[1]

Until Ryan's book, Market Garden had been a classic example of victors writing the history. Popular accounts of World War II usually tended not to mention the battle at all or put Montgomery's spin on it as being a "partial success".[2]

The book was made into a film in 1977.[3]


  1. ^ Ryan, Corneiius (1974). A Bridge Too Far (first ed.). London: Hamish Hailton. p. 67. ISBN 0-241-89073-X. 
  2. ^ "The Battle for Arnhem". The Parachute Regiment. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Goldman, William (1977), William Goldman's Story of a Bridge Too Far, Coronet Books, ISBN 0-340-22340-5  [NB: Book has no page numbers]