mgreiner1, December 16, 2012 (view all comments by mgreiner1)
An outstanding history book, describing the early years of America's entry into World War II. Atkinson does not spare the icons of our military in describing their early mistakes, including the contempt of more seasoned British commanders. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the personalities of our early leaders,and was horrified by the tragic loss of so many lives due to ego-driven decisions. In summary, it's refreshing to read a book that sticks to the truth.
Bradley Garing, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by Bradley Garing)
THIS LIKE NEW MINT CONDITION HARDCOVER IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IT THE
UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II AND HOW IT WENT TO SCHOOL IN NORTH AFRICA AND
IN THE BATTLES IN TUNISIA TO LEARN HOW TO FIGHT THE GERMANS AND ITALIANS AND ULTIMATELY LEARNED HOW TO WIN VICTORIES OVER THEM INSPITE EARLY SETBACKS SUCH
AS KASSERINE PASS AND HOW TO BE PART OF ALLIEAD COALITION FORCES THAT ULTIMATELY
DEFEATED HITLER'S AND MUSSOLINI'S FORCES.
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The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan in World War II.
The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan
For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.
Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of Chinaand#8217;s Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communistsand#8217; fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiangand#8217;s American chief of staff, the unforgettable and#8220;Vinegar Joeand#8221; Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of Chinaand#8217;s wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, Forgotten Ally shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice.
Forgotten Ally rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping Chinaand#8217;s worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work.
"A splendid book... The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war."—The Washington Post Book World
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 an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. 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.
Opening 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 Algiers, 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. At the center of the tale are the extraordinary but flawed commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's vivid narrative tells the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization.
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