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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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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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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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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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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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horrible victory!

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

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Too much detail

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There was too much description from the various diaries. It was good to include enough to get a sense of the situation from the 'man on the ground' but several hours/many pages could have easily been cut out. I guess it depends on one's preferences

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Very Good History of North Africa Battles

Narrator excellent. The US Army grows and matures in its first encounter with the Axis, from the top leadership to the men on the battlefield. Great insight into the leadership of all involved. Such courage these men had, in the face of a better trained and equipped army of the Germans. But 'right' won out.

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Great Read

I had the feeling that I was a live witness to the events and people portrayed.