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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943) Audiobook

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943): The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, History, 2003

The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner 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. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

Beginning 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 Algeria, 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. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.

Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

An Army at Dawn is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History.

©2002 Rick Atkinson; 2013 Simon and Schuster

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    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 08-22-14
    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)?

    This is a superb book and a fine performance! It badly needed A PDF. I'm not at all familiar with the African campaigns. A boatload of information. Fascinating. Well Drawn.


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    Marc Dieters The Netherlands 08-21-14
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    "Extensive review, Unbelievably detailed"

    I never knew much about the operation in North Africa so I was completely new on the subject. This book absolutely blew me away. It's a mixture of facts of personal stories / quotes of the men who were there.

    The were numerous times I had to switch back to relisten a part because it's very easy to get lost in this book. The number of facts and places are staggering combining with the fact I've never heard of most of the areas / cities mentioned, make it an intensive journey.

    I feel enriched with all the knowledge gained from this book and I'm eager to start with part 2 and 3.

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    "Fantastic Narrative History"

    I have read this book twice now. It is a fantastic Narrative History of the North African campaign and sheds light on the mythology that surrounds America at war; a mythology that rather building esteem, rather diminishes our soldiers growth and achievements. They were not ready in 1942, but through toil, heartache, blood and ate, they would become an a formidable force from henceforth.

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    THOMAS MCCUE 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "America's first entry into the war (both theatres of the wRong)"

    My Father was in that assault, how could I NOT get this gem. Highly recomended.

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    Gordon 04-07-17
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    "A Non-fiction Epic"

    An excellent introduction into a topic too infrequently covered in schools and colleges, An Army At Dawn, far from being another dry textbook, is alive with emotion and drama, proving that real life is just as vivid as a fairytale.

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    "Great book"

    Fantastic history I haven't previously learned much about with my focus on the war in Europe.

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    KALEV 02-12-17
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    "Abridged much better than unabridged version"

    The reading/performance of the unabridged version of "An Army at Dawn" does not compare well to the superb reading of the abridged version by the author, Mr. Atkinson. Having read the volume and then having listened to both the abridged and unabridged versions, I recommend purchase only of Mr. Atkinson's abridged reading.

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    "great way to learn ww2 history"

    very entertaining and informative. filled with anecdotes and official documents, it very well put together to tell a great story

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    Ronald 08-10-16
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    "An Army at Dawn"

    Very good history book. Covers the command decisions, personalities, battles, environment, lessons learned, etc. I will buy the next two volumes of this trilogy. If you like history and especially WW2; you'll love it.

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    Max 50 Georgia 05-05-16
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    "horrible victory!"

    well done! certainly not the only view but a great book. the righteous will always Soldier on

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