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An Army at Dawnby Rick Atkinson
2003 Pulitzer Prize for History
An Army at Dawn is a superbly written book on the Northern African campaign of World War II. This is a wonderful history of some of the first campaigns of the war; Atkinson maintains a balanced focus on everyone involved, from the generals down to the privates. With great insight, he details the difficulties of entering a war with an inexperienced army and the necessary components of survival and success.
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In the first volume of him monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in the Second World War, Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson tells the story of the war in North Africa.
Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the British and American armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Alferia, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually turns into a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery and Rommel.
"[I]ntellectually convincing and emotionally compelling." Publishers Weekly
"An exemplary work that feeds anticipation of the succeeding volumes." Booklist
"Using battlefield reports and archival material, Atkinson tells a fascinating story of the North African campaign that is hard to stop reading, even though one knows the outcome." Library Journal
This is the first volume of Rick Atkinson's trilogy about the Liberation of Europe in the World War II, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, 2003.
In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa
The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.
Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.
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