The Liberation Trilogy

3 books in series
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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943) 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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  • Book 1

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

    • The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1
    • By: Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 26 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 836
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What war movies didn't tell you

    • By jon on 07-14-13

    Regular price: $37.75

  • Book 2

    • The Day of Battle

    • The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
    • By: Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 32 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 607
    • Story
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    In An Army at Dawn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to Listen to, but Very Worthwhile

    • By N. Rogers on 08-08-14

    Regular price: $37.75

  • Book 3

    • The Guns at Last Light

    • The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
    • By: Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
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    It is the 20th 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 best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well Written Overview

    • By David I. Williams on 05-25-13

    Regular price: $37.75