In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. Abridged. 8 CDs.In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. Abridged. 8 CDs.Read Less
Perhaps it is, in part, that I have come to appreciate the style of Rick Atkinson's writing, that I so enjoyed "The Day of Battle". One may think, "well, we know how the war turned-out, so why bother", and that would be a mistake. There is so much more to the planning and execution of WWII than the ultimate outcome. There are plentiful examples of unimaginable courage, by "ordinary" men AND women, upon which Rick shines a bright light. The running conflict among allies and the struggles to contain the alliance are stories not often told. Overall, I highly recommend the entire Atkinson WWII trilogy. Great, informative and gripping reading, all three.
Mar 19, 2014
Great history book!
If you are into WWII history this first book of Rick Atkinson's Triology of books is a must read. Its a long read, but most of the good history books are. No better author than Rick Atkinson.
Aug 25, 2013
Rick is GOOD
As usual absolutely fine work on the most difficult part of our war. His composition is always excellent.
Aug 11, 2013
I bought this book for nmy husband. He says it is excellent.
Apr 9, 2009
I read this book for a book club discussion and now wish to get the first in the series. It is a very in depth review of this theater of war wtih all good things and bad things that occurred. I now need to read the first in the series and look forward to the final book in the trilogy.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-30 Atkinson surpasses his Pulitzer-winning An Army at Dawn in this empathetic, perceptive analysis of the second stage in the U.S. Army's grassroots development from well-intentioned amateurs to the most formidable fighting force of World War II. The battles in Sicily and Italy developed the combat effectiveness and the emotional hardness of a U.S. Army increasingly constrained to bear the brunt of the Western allies' war effort, he argues. Demanding terrain, harsh climate and a formidable opponent confirmed the lesson of North Africa: the only way home was through the Germans: kill or be killed. Atkinson is pitilessly accurate demonstrating the errors and misjudgments of senior officers, Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander, Gen. Mark Clark and their subordinates commanding corps and divisions. The price was paid in blood by the men at the sharp end: British and French, Indians and North Africans-above all, Americans. All that remained of the crew of one burned-out tank were the fillings of their teeth, for one example. The Mediterranean campaign is frequently dismissed by soldiers and scholars as a distraction from the essential objective of invading northern Europe. Atkinson makes a convincing case that it played a decisive role in breaking German power, forcing the Wehrmacht onto a defensive it could never abandon. (Oct. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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