The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

Hardback Liberation Trilogy

By (author) Rick Atkinson

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Format: Hardback | 877 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 239mm x 61mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 14 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805062904
  • ISBN 13: 9780805062908
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones, maps
  • Sales rank: 50,829

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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLERThe magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War IIIt 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, in "The Guns at Last Light," 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. One of "The Washington Post"'s Top 10 Books of the Year A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

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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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"[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""Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson concludes his "Liberation Trilogy" ("An Army at Dawn "and" The Day of Battle") with this outstanding survey of the final phase on the Western front of World War II."--"The Christian Science Monitor ""Brilliant...Each volume [of the Liberation Trilogy] is characterized by superb research and fine writing. The high standard set in the prologue to the first volume carries through the epilogue to the last." --BG Harold W. Nelson, "Army Magazine""A marvelous capstone to a trilogy that will make Rick Atkinson to the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations what Shelby Foote is to the Civil War ... Mr. Atkinson has a rare ability to combine a historian's eye with a reporter's pen to simultaneously provide a sweep and detail to combat that is both unique and enjoyable for the novice student and the hardiest grognard."--"New York Journal of Books""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)"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)"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 i