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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Liberation Trilogy #3)

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The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II.

It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all — the titanic battle for Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich — all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson's accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

Review:

"[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements — from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble — and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings." Smithsonian Magazine

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"Superb….Atkinson brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close….An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the 1944-45 campaigns in Western Europe." Booklist

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"The book stands out from others on World War II because it successfully explores the fallibility of participants at all levels….This is not a detailed account of any one particular battle but a sweeping epic, yet it is packed with fascinating details. Highly recommended to all who read World War II history." Library Journal

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"Superb….The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage…[Atkinson's] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front's final phase." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Gary Rosenthal, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Gary Rosenthal)
In a single word... TREMENDOUS! Rick Atkinson closes out his trilogy of the Second World War in Europe by bringing to life, the planning, execution and aftermath of the D-Day Invasion, the invasion of Europe and the eventual capitulation of Nazi Germany. For those history buffs, those military afficianados, or simply those who want to know how the greatest evil the world has ever known, was destroyed, they must read these books. Mr.Atkinson brings you into the meetings with Ike, Churchill, Ridgeway, into the landing crafts and gliders as the invasion begins. You feel the heat from the bullets, you see the destruction caused by mines or cannon, you feel the exhiliraton of the people in Europe as their saviors arrive. Even though I know the history of post-war Europe, I hope Mr. Atkinson continues his briliant writing to encompass the Cold War, and the fight between democracy and Communism.
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Gary Rosenthal, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Gary Rosenthal)
In a single word... TREMENDOUS! Rick Atkinson closes out his trilogy of the Second World War in Europe by bringing to life, the planning, execution and aftermath of the D-Day Invasion, the invasion of Europe and the eventual capitulation of Nazi Germany. For those history buffs, those military afficianados, or simply those who want to know how the greatest evil the world has ever known, was destroyed, they must read these books. Mr.Atkinson brings you into the meetings with Ike, Churchill, Ridgeway, into the landing crafts and gliders as the invasion begins. You feel the heat from the bullets, you see the destruction caused by mines or cannon, you feel the exhiliraton of the people in Europe as their saviors arrive. Even though I know the history of post-war Europe, I hope Mr. Atkinson continues his briliant writing to encompass the Cold War, and the fight between democracy and Communism.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062908
Subtitle:
The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Liberation Trilogy #3)
Author:
Atkinson, Rick
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20130514
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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Product details 896 pages Henry Holt and Co. - English 9780805062908 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements — from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble — and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings."
"Review" by , "Superb….Atkinson brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close….An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton."
"Review" by , "With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the 1944-45 campaigns in Western Europe."
"Review" by , "The book stands out from others on World War II because it successfully explores the fallibility of participants at all levels….This is not a detailed account of any one particular battle but a sweeping epic, yet it is packed with fascinating details. Highly recommended to all who read World War II history."
"Review" by , "Superb….The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage…[Atkinson's] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front's final phase."
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