The Guns at Last Light

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

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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 2013show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 877 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 60.96mm | 1,088.62g
  • Henry Holt & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white halftones, maps
  • 0805062904
  • 9780805062908
  • 77,850

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"""A magnificent book... Though the story may seem familiar, I found surprising detail on every page... Atkinson's account of D-Day is both masterly and lyrical... [He] is an absolute master of his material."--Max Hastings, "The Wall Street Journal""A tapestry of fabulous richness and complexity... Atkinson is a master of what might be called 'pointillism history, ' assembling the small dots of pure color into a vivid, tumbling narrative. . . . The Liberation Trilogy is a monumental achievement, about 2,500 pages in all, densely researched but supremely readable."--"The New York Times Book Review""Great characters, vivid details...The final volume of Rick Atkinson's 'Liberation Trilogy' proves again that few can re-tell a story as well as he."--"USA Today""A remarkable conclusion to his three parts on WWII... A fabulous book."--Tom Brokaw on MSNBC's Morning Joe"Detailed in its research, unsparing in its judgments and confident in its prose...This trilogy--on which [Atkinson has] spent 12 years, twice as long as the war itself--may well be his masterpiece."--"Time" Magazine"[Atkinson] reconstructs the period from D-Day to V-E Day by weaving a multitude of tiny details into a tapestry of achingly sublime prose... With great sensitivity, Atkinson conveys the horrible reality of what soldiers had to become to defeat Hitler's Germany."--"The Washington Post""The same qualities that garnered Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize for "An Army at Dawn"--meticulous research married to masterful narrative--are apparent in "The Guns at Last Light". The new book relates the oft-told (but never better) story of the war's final year, from D-Day to the German surrender."--"The Chicago Tribune""A terrific read... Atkinson never loses track of the men who fought the war. Mining their diaries and letters, he has produced an account that is achingly human."--"The Miami Herald""Epic, set-piece battle sequences are balanced by deft portraiture. The Greatest Generation isshow more

About Rick Atkinson

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, more