An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

Paperback Liberation Trilogy

By (author) Rick Atkinson

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  • Publisher: Owlet Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 681 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 38mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0805087249
  • ISBN 13: 9780805087246
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 48,736

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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.

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Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of "The Day Of Battle, The Long Gray Line," and "In the Company of Soldiers." He was a staff writer and senior editor at "The Washington Post" for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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""An Army at Dawn may be the best World War II battle narrative since Cornelius Ryan's classics, "The Longest Day and "A Bridge Too Far." -"The Wall Street Journal "Exceptional . . . A work strong in narrative flow and character portraits of the principle commanders . . . [A] highly pleasurable read."" -The New York Times Book Review "A splendid book . . . The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war."" -The Washington Post Book World "Atkinson's account will be a monument among accounts of World War II."" -John S. D. Eisenhower, author of "Allies and "The Bitter Woods "One of the most compelling pieces of military history I've ever read." -Gen. Wesley K. Clark, USA (ret.), former NATO Supreme Commander "A master of the telling profile . . . This vivid, personality-driven account of the campaign to drive Axis forces from North Africa shows the political side of waging war, even at the tactical level." "-Chicago Tribune ""An Army at Dawn is more than a military history, it is a social and psychological inquiry as well." -Paul Fussell, author of "Doing Battle and Wartime "Brilliant . . . This is history and war in the hands of a gifted and unflinching writer."" -"The Kansas City Star