In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Atkinson focuses on 1942 and 1943, showing how central the great drama that unfolded in North Africa was to the ultimate victory of the Allied powers and to America's understanding of itself.In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Atkinson focuses on 1942 and 1943, showing how central the great drama that unfolded in North Africa was to the ultimate victory of the Allied powers and to America's understanding of itself.Read Less
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This was a meticulously research book that was a sheer pleasure to read. Atkinson's command of facts and writing skill are unmatched.
Aug 25, 2013
Rick at his best
Just wonderful! Writing superb and making clear a mass of confusion in battle is his forte.
Nov 1, 2007
author is an outstanding writer. gives the impression as if he were part of the action. for a history book it has the flair of a novel
Oct 23, 2007
Great book about WWII
There are many books about World War 2 in Europe. This book, the first in a trilogy, begins with the very start of US involvement in the war and tells the story of the war in North Africa which preceded the fighting in Europe. The best thing about this book is that it tells about the people who were involved, both leaders and soldiers, as well as the battles themselves. I enjoyed this book immensely
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-08 Atkinson won a Pulitzer Prize during his time as a journalist and editor at the Washington Post and is the author of The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966 and of Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War. In contrast to Crusade's illustrations of technomastery, this book depicts the U.S. Army's introduction to modern war. The Tunisian campaign, Atkinson shows, was undertaken by an American army lacking in training and experience alongside a British army whose primary experience had been of defeat. Green units panicked, abandoning wounded and weapons. Clashes between and within the Allies seemed at times to overshadow the battles with the Axis. Atkinson's most telling example is the relationship of II Corps commander George Patton and his subordinate, 1st Armored Division's Orlando Ward. The latter was a decent person and capable enough commander, but he lacked the final spark of ruthlessness that takes a division forward in the face of heavy casualties and high obstacles. With Dwight Eisenhower's approval, Patton fired him. The result was what Josef Goebbels called a "second Stalingrad"; after Tunisia, the tide of war rolled one way: toward Berlin. Atkinson's visceral sympathies lie with Ward; his subtext from earlier books remains unaltered: in war, they send for the hard men. Despite diction that occasionally lapses into the melodramatic, general readers and specialists alike will find worthwhile fare in this intellectually convincing and emotionally compelling narrative. (Oct. 2) Forecast: While there's no clear news hook for this title, Atkinson is well known enough to garner readers on name recognition. An eight-city author tour will help raise awareness, as will the marketing of the book as first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Atkinson's study of WWII. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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