An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson #bookreview #bookish #WWII

August 20, 2018

 

Title: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy

Author: Rick Atkinson

Genre: World War Two, North Africa Campaign, Nonfiction

 

Book Blurb:

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

"A splendid book... The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war."―The Washington Post Book World



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.

 

My Review:

Part 1 of the Liberation Trilogy. 

 

Atkinson has written the definitive history of the War in North Africa from Torch to the end.  He takes the gloves off and there is no reverence for leader or soldier in this writing.  It is realistic and at times disturbing but the truth is the truth. 

 

Atkinson seems to have issues with some famous generals * some that I worship * but be that as it may, this is the history of this part of World War II. 

 

It will take a treasured spot on my military history book shelf and now I must acquire the next two copies of this series.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Army-Dawn-1942-1943-Liberation-Trilogy/dp/0805087249

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/541920.An_Army_at_Dawn

 

Author Biography:

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of six works of narrative military history, including The Guns at Last Light, The Day of Battle, An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. He also was the lead essayist in Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery, published by National Geographic. He was a reporter, foreign correspondent, war correspondent, and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He lives in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.liberationtrilogy.com.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

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