, September 29, 2013
(view all comments by Brett)
I was excited about this trilogy ever since I read An Army at Dawn when it first came out all those ears ago, and I have yet to be disappointed by a single volume. For World War Two buffs or for those looking for a general reading on the subject, these books can't be beat. Covering mostly the US Army, this takes us from the Invasion of France to the surrender of Germany and a little beyond, with a very poignant epilogue. Atkinson is in the same class as Max Hastings - he gives credit where credit is due, but he also makes notes of the mistakes and sometimes outright incompetence that unfortunately rear its head during any large endeavor. There is some new ground covered as well, and the way he blends items taken from various sources is wonderfully executed. it is a big book and a long book but it reads very well. This one will definitely get a re-reading from me.