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The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson''s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

It is the twentieth 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 bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all―the titanic battle for Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson''s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich―all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson''s accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

One of The Washington Post''s Top 10 Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

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Spanning D-day to V-E Day, Atkinson culminates his three-volume epic of the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. Readers of the prior volumes (An Army at Dawn, 2002; The Day of Battle, 2007) will discover a thematic continuation in this one, namely, criticism of American generalship. Debacles such as Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and Patton’s zany raid to liberate a POW camp punctuate the narrative of the U.S. Army’s otherwise remorseless advance toward victory over the German army. To describe the high command’s thinking concerning operations that turned into fiascoes, Atkinson funnels their postwar apologia through his appreciation of a particular battlefield situation, graphically conceptualized in this tome’s excellent cartography. While casting generals in the light of human frailty, Atkinson allocates anecdotal abundance to soldiers’ ground-war experiences. Emphasizing loss, he quotes many last letters from men destined to die. With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the 1944–45 campaigns in Western Europe. --Gilbert Taylor

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“A magnificent book… Though the story may seem familiar, I found surprising detail on every page… Atkinson''s account of D-Day is both masterly and lyrical… [He] is an absolute master of his material.” ―Max Hastings, The Wall Street Journal

“A tapestry of fabulous richness and complexity… Atkinson is a master of what might be called ‘pointillism history,'' assembling the small dots of pure color into a vivid, tumbling narrative. . . . The Liberation Trilogy is a monumental achievement, about 2,500 pages in all, densely researched but supremely readable.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Breathtaking, unforgettable… Atkinson provides us with especially poignant descriptions in a blaze of writing and research that matches the drama and significance of the moment, all without peer in modern history … This volume is a literary triumph worthy of the military triumph it explores and explains.” ―The Boston Globe

“Monumental… As befits a journalist who knows his material inside and out, Atkinson can provide the incisive explanation to a complex situation or personage… A masterpiece of deep reporting and powerful storytelling.” ―The Los Angeles Times

“[Atkinson] reconstructs the period from D-Day to V-E Day by weaving a multitude of tiny details into a tapestry of achingly sublime prose… With great sensitivity, Atkinson conveys the horrible reality of what soldiers had to become to defeat Hitler''s Germany.” ―The Washington Post

“Detailed in its research, unsparing in its judgments and confident in its prose…This trilogy--on which [Atkinson has] spent 12 years, twice as long as the war itself--may well be his masterpiece.” ―Time

“Great characters, vivid details…The final volume of Rick Atkinson''s ‘Liberation Trilogy'' proves again that few can re-tell a story as well as he.” ―USA Today

“A glorious epic… [Atkinson] never stoops to breathless prose in this perfectly paced account and always comes up with fresh and revealing details.” ―Antony Beevor, The Wall Street Journal

“A remarkable conclusion to his three parts on WWII… A fabulous book.” ―Tom Brokaw on MSNBC''s Morning Joe

The Guns at Last Light . . . is history written at the level of literature . . . Atkinson''s story is propelled by vivid descriptions and delicious details . . . World War II''s reverberations will roll down the centuries in its geopolitical consequences, and in the literature it elicited in letters and in histories like Atkinson''s trilogy.” ―George Will, The Washington Post

“The same qualities that garnered Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn--meticulous research married to masterful narrative--are apparent in The Guns at Last Light. The new book relates the oft-told (but never better) story of the war''s final year, from D-Day to the German surrender.” ―The Chicago Tribune

“Epic, set-piece battle sequences are balanced by deft portraiture. The Greatest Generation is nearly gone…. The Liberation Trilogy is the monument it deserves.” ―Vanity Fair

“A sweeping, prodigiously researched epic… The Guns at Last Light is a definitive, heartfelt work of grandeur, atrocity, and profound sorrow. It is also, along with the two previous volumes, a long, fervent prayer for the fallen.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements--from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble--and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings.” ―Smithsonian Magazine

“A riveting book…Few historians have Atkinson''s gift for language and few journalists pay as much attention to historical sources…Atkinson writes with the descriptive and lyrical power of a first-rate novelist.” ―Christian Science Monitor

“The final volume of Atkinson''s World War II trilogy is just great reading: From Hemingway''s liberating a Parisian hotel (and raiding its bar) to the American soldiers discovering concentration camps, the entire story is absolutely riveting.” ―People

“Emotionally gripping… This 850-page military history captivates the reader with the high drama of a spellbinding novel and a cast of characters that a master storyteller would be hard-pressed to invent… It''s hard to imagine a more engrossing, dramatic, fair-minded and elegantly written account of these 11 months that changed the course of history.” ―Associated Press

“In the final volume of his sweeping World War II trilogy, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson recounts the battle for Western Europe (from D-Day to V-E Day) through the eyes of those who were on the front lines, masterfully bringing this pivotal chapter of history back to vivid life.” ―Parade

“A terrific read… Atkinson never loses track of the men who fought the war. Mining their diaries and letters, he has produced an account that is achingly human.” ―The Miami Herald

“A richly detailed narrative of the war final''s year, with riveting looks at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune

“Atkinson paints on a vast canvas while stressing the details. He cites the experiences of soldiers -- officers and grunts alike -- caught up in a conflagration beyond their comprehension. He preserves the humanity of humans in an inhumane situation… Passages describe human courage and depravity in such vivid prose that readers need to pause, reflect and regroup… His book is a fitting tribute.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Soon, if not already, Atkinson will show up on the list of giants, as later historians stand on his shoulders.” ―The Dallas Morning News

“An epic conclusion to an epic historical trilogy about an epic quest to preserve Western freedom, The Guns at Last Light is sure to join its predecessor volumes in the best-seller ranks, and confirms the Liberation Trilogy as a new benchmark against which World War II books yet to be written will be measured.” ―Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“A monumental piece of historical writing.” ―San Jose Mercury News

“Exhaustively researched, highly readable . . . Just over 16 million Americans served in uniform in the war, and only one million are expected to still be alive at the end of next year. Seven decades later, the story of their service remains compelling, and that''s why so many find it worthy of retelling.” ―Buffalo News

“The consummate historian rounds out his prize-winning Liberation Trilogy with a lengthy yet always-engrossing account of the final campaigns on the Western Front, which included D-Day and the well-known Battle of the Bulge. This closing volume is perfect for armchair historians, military buffs, and all those interested in how the Allies finally achieved victory in 1945.” ―Charleston City Paper

“A terrific read. . . [The Guns at Last Light]is narrative history at its best, providing not only an excellent chronicle of the war in Europe but also fascinating human interest stories and first-rate character studies of the major figures, as well as stories of ordinary soldiers. It is truly an outstanding study of the war and a must read for anyone interested in the Second World War.” ―Bowling Green Daily News (Kentucky)

“Crisp narrative drive, prodigious research and incisive analysis of people and events ... Atkinson''s latest work is probably the single best volume about the war in Europe from the D-Day invasion … to the capitulation of German forces … Rick Atkinson … has become a poet of the war.” ―The Washington Independent Review of Books

“Superb…Atkinson writes sensitively, even lyrically…The Guns at Last Light offers an outstanding testament to all who sacrificed to defeat Hitler''s Third Reich.” ―The Louisville Courier-Journal

“The master of narrative military history ends his Liberation Trilogy with this admired account of the 1944-45 fighting in Western Europe.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Guns at Last Light is an important addition to the World War II bookshelf.” ―The Washington Times

“Impressively researched … and energetically written, with a brisk pace that carries the reader easily through the narrative''s 600-plus pages.” ―The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Stark photographs complement the excellent prose.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch

“[The Guns at Last Light] is deep in detail, narrative and character description. Readers encounter famous generals -- Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley, and a host of lower officers -- in illuminated portrayals, warts and all.” ―Knoxville News Sentinel

“Rick Atkinson''s triumphant keystone in his three-part arch of World War II, 14 years in the writing, is a masterpiece . . . The Guns at Last Light will stand as the best of books about the biggest of wars.” ―The Marine Corps Gazette

The Guns at Last Light and the Liberation Trilogy is as good as it gets. . . a historical tour-de-force of over 2,000 pages that places Atkinson among the short list of narrative history masters. . . Students and scholars of countless future generations will look to Atkinson for the story of how freedom bested tyranny in Africa and Europe.” ―On Point: The Journal of Army History

“Sweeping in scope, Shakespearean in drama and angst, unsparing in its observations, and rich in detail… Atkinson said that he wrote the trilogy as an effort to tell [the story of the frontline troops] ‘vividly and authoritatively, to current and future generations.'' That he has.” ―Defense Media Network

“Atkinson''s zest for research and his evident devotion to hard facts never obscures the grace of his writing. The proof of that lies less in the many accolades and prizes (including a Pulitzer in history in 2003) than simply in the reading. Rare is a 600-page-plus history book that qualifies as a page turner.” ―Military History Magazine

“Brilliant…Each volume [of the Liberation Trilogy] is characterized by superb research and fine writing. The high standard set in the prologue to the first volume carries through the epilogue to the last.” ―BG Harold W. Nelson, Army Magazine

“Richly rewarding and beautifully crafted …With lyrical élan, [Atkinson] accurately and objectively tells the greatest story of our time, and does so with the general reader always in mind.” ―World War II Magazine

“Triumphant . . . Critics have correctly praised [The Guns at Last Light''s] depth, its evocative nature, and its grasp of the human dimensions of this titanic campaign without losing sight of a broader narrative. . . [Atkinson has] produced a profound work, worthy of being rapidly placed on the service chiefs'' and other senior American commanders'' reading lists.” ―Foreign Policy.com

“A marvelous capstone to a trilogy that will make Rick Atkinson to the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations what Shelby Foote is to the Civil War … Mr. Atkinson has a rare ability to combine a historian''s eye with a reporter''s pen to simultaneously provide a sweep and detail to combat that is both unique and enjoyable for the novice student and the hardiest grognard.” ―New York Journal of Books

“Superb… Atkinson brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close… An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson''s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front''s final phase.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the 1944-45 campaigns in Western Europe.” ―Booklist

“The book stands out from others on World War II because it successfully explores the fallibility of participants at all levels…This is not a detailed account of any one particular battle but a sweeping epic, yet it is packed with fascinating details. Highly recommended to all who read World War II history.” ―Library Journal

“The brilliant, more-than-worth-the-wait final volume of [Atkinson''s] epic Liberation Trilogy. . . The Guns at Last Light should be read not just as a great work of narrative military history, but as an accomplished work of American literature.” ―BookPage

About the Author

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy― An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History), The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light―as well as The Long Gray Line and other books. His many additional awards include a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, a George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Highly engaging, in depth study of the finale to WWII
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
I bought this book because it received a good review in Military Officer Magazine if memory serves and it sat on my shelf for months. I’ve read plenty of WWII military history and wasn’t sure there would be much more to learn at this point but Rick Atkinson has written a... See more
I bought this book because it received a good review in Military Officer Magazine if memory serves and it sat on my shelf for months. I’ve read plenty of WWII military history and wasn’t sure there would be much more to learn at this point but Rick Atkinson has written a very readable account of the last year of the war in Europe from D-Day to the German surrender of the Third Reich. Unbeknownst to me at the time this is the final book of a trilogy with the first book covering the North African invasion, book two is about the Italian campaign.

Atkinson follows the popular style of authors like Cornelius Ryan, Stephen Ambrose, Max Hastings and Ian Kershaw where he tells the story from multiple participants’ viewpoints. It’s a winning technique and builds a narrative the reader can really relate to. Mr. Atkinson presented many interesting nuggets of information that I’d never seen anywhere else such as Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering’s marshal’s baton was “sixteen inches long and encrusted with 640 diamonds, twenty gold eagles, and twenty platinum crosses”. After Goering’s capture it was used as a prop to sell war bonds in the U.S. Guess Goering knew how to accessorize, but that little trifle speaks to the kind of personality he was.

I enjoyed reading this book and have decided to read the other two in reverse order since starting with the third will read the second book “The Day of Battle” next. Highly recommended to WWII buffs everywhere.
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Victory Achieved
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
My only mistake was reading this first as I couldn''t wait to see how Atkinson handled the Bulge and the complexities involved in the final year of the War. Even though I appreciated the first two books more on the basis of new material and perspectives offered, I thought... See more
My only mistake was reading this first as I couldn''t wait to see how Atkinson handled the Bulge and the complexities involved in the final year of the War. Even though I appreciated the first two books more on the basis of new material and perspectives offered, I thought this was a very good ending to my favorite trilogy written on the war. I have read cheers untlesd books in the Bulge which offered much more detail but I appreciated especially his account of Normandy, the breakout across France and the fighting in the Colmar Pocket/S. France. Atkinsons prose is hard to beat and his research is amazingly rich and well-presented. He offers readers a nice uplift from Ambrose (who I also admire highly) without getting too bogged down by unit detail and tactical minutiae (which also can be helpful but in doses or in more technical accounts). I also think Atkinson reaches a very admirable level on dissecting the politics of the war and the friction among Allied partners throughout the whole conflict. He also helps show very clearly the brutal reality of war in addition to the bigger picture about sacrifice and values - how I admire the efforts of my grandfather who served in the Bulge just as he couldn''t stand to talk about the experience to most or ever return to Europe. If you are only going to read one book about WWII, I would put this one high (if not the highest) on the list and you will probably pick up the other two and maybe even read then in order as I should have. A true classic!
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The Definitive Account of the Final Year of the War in the West
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2018
Volume three in Rick Atkinson''s excellent Liberation Trilogy describes the final year of World War II on the Western front. Beginning with the D-Day landings at Normandy and continuing to the surrender of Nazi Germany in May, 1945, this exhaustively-researched... See more
Volume three in Rick Atkinson''s excellent Liberation Trilogy describes the final year of World War II on the Western front.

Beginning with the D-Day landings at Normandy and continuing to the surrender of Nazi Germany in May, 1945, this exhaustively-researched volume covers all of the major engagements in the final year. Major battles described include Bastogne, Operation Market Garden, Aachen, breaching the Siegfried line, the attacks on the Ruhr valley, and the final assault on Berlin.

Numerous personalities are brought to life, including Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley, Patton, Ridgway, Model, Rommel, Gavin, and Kesselring.

Other points of interest include Ernie Pyle''s descriptive reporting about the action, as well as Audie Murphy''s heroics and the execution of private Eddie Slovik for desertion.

Atkinson''s writing is top-notch, and his research and presentation are excellent. "The Guns at Last Light" is the definitive book about the last year of the war in Western Europe. Highly Recommended.
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A Wealth of information
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
An incredible amount of research went into this book. I have read books about World War II for most of my life but this one paints a very detailed portrait of total war. The scope of the war during and after D-Day is explained with attention to everything from massive... See more
An incredible amount of research went into this book. I have read books about World War II for most of my life but this one paints a very detailed portrait of total war. The scope of the war during and after D-Day is explained with attention to everything from massive mistakes to great victories to personal quirks of great men and is filled with details of the complexities involved in the total war efforts of entire nations moving entire armies of men, vehicles, equipment, ammunition etc. and the constant and total exhaustion of hundreds of thousands of men on the ground struggling against each other while enduring hardships and overcoming vast obstacles.
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End of the trilogy on WW II
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
It''s impossible to overrate Rick Atkinson''s final book in his trilogy on WW II. The writing, details, and content are in line with his two previous volumes. It''s an awesome achievement, and just the bibliography alone makes one pause. If you want a fresh narrative on... See more
It''s impossible to overrate Rick Atkinson''s final book in his trilogy on WW II. The writing, details, and content are in line with his two previous volumes. It''s an awesome achievement, and just the bibliography alone makes one pause.
If you want a fresh narrative on WW II and how it was fought you cannot top this trilogy. I''m so grateful the author used sources and materials previously unavailable or untouched until now. This is battle history at its finest, and you won''t read it without being moved. A monumental work which will be used for years to come.
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You will not be able to put it down
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
Most of the book reviews I see are too long and it is as if the reviewer is trying to explain the entire book to a potential reader. This author is a journalist and he keeps the war moving along for you with great maps and very human involvement. This is awful war, and he... See more
Most of the book reviews I see are too long and it is as if the reviewer is trying to explain the entire book to a potential reader. This author is a journalist and he keeps the war moving along for you with great maps and very human involvement. This is awful war, and he doesn''t hide it from you. He uses too many words that are obtuse, and he shouldn''t do that, as I was constantly looking up the meaning of them. But this book is REAL. If you want to read REAL, read this book.
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Among the Very Best Histories Arising from the Second World War
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2015
I am still in the midst of reading Rick Atkinson’s magisterial “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945”. It stands with E. B. Sledge’s “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa”, and Antony Beevor’s “Stalingrad” as among the best books I’ve read on a... See more
I am still in the midst of reading Rick Atkinson’s magisterial “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945”. It stands with E. B. Sledge’s “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa”, and Antony Beevor’s “Stalingrad” as among the best books I’ve read on a WWII - and, with them, outstanding save-in-case-of-fire books on any subject (easier now, that all I have to carry is my kindle). The passage of time inevitably distills the story of a war to a few copybook maxims. In the case of the Second World War, its narrative is slowly boiling down to the oft-restated premise of “The Greatest Generation”, which is merely one of the threads of the tapestry of the bloody 20th Century’s bloodiest conflict. This book will round out the narrative for the reader, adding to that thread the threads of tragedy, frustration, failures of will, failures of vision, acts of incompetence, experiences of misery, and pure, dumb luck.

I commend “Guns at Last Light” to anyone with interest in WWII. If I were teaching writing, or if I were assembling an anthology of writing about history, I would include chapter 8, “A Winter Shadow”. With prose that moves ominously forward like the score from a suspense movie, Atkinson uses this chapter to describe the events of the weeks that immediately preceded the Nazi German launch of the counteroffensive through the Ardennes - the Battle of the Bulge - in which Allied armies suffered their most devastating losses.

In the chapter titled “A Winter Shadow” Atkinson details the effects of German V-1 and V-2 rockets on London with vivid detail, so that the reader finds himself poised to cheer on the fire-bombing of Dresden - and realizes that he has fallen under the spell of “war fever”.

Atkinson describes Hitler’s impassioned insistence on a counterattack that would compel the Allies to sue for peace, and the reader soon sees that though the Ardennes counteroffensive may have been a Hail Mary pass of a sort, the ultimate victory of the Allied forces in response to it was a near-run thing. Atkinson takes the reader to the conference room deep in the German woods where Hitler gathered his high command to rant and to demand their march to his will - in a room where each member of that command sat unarmed and silently before an armed SS officer poised to kill him if he did not assent to the Führer’s orders.

Atkinson then takes the reader behind the Allied lines, where complacency was growing, as expectations grew that the bloodied Nazi foe was tottering close to defeat. Allied troops were not being provisioned for a winter campaign, and were huddled in foxholes or in unheated tents or requisitioned farmhouses at the onset of what would be Europe’s coldest winter in a couple of decades. Meanwhile, to the rear, a swelling bureaucracy of supply corps were fattening themselves on the sweetmeats of Paris, a city gifted at smoothing the sheets for its occupiers. Tens of thousands of American and British deserters roamed Paris’ back streets and alleys, or the side roads of liberated France. The egotism of Field Marshal Montgomery and his execrable adjutant Brooke were threatening to undo the unity and purpose of the Allied high command. Meanwhile, Allied leadership as far up as the three star generals were willfully choosing to disregard the intelligence straws in the wind of German action, as the troops they commanded hunkered in the cold, and as massed German troops moved westward toward the designated lines of attack night after night. Things seemed so secure that commanders division level and above were escaping to Paris or to London for Christmas leave.

Atrocity, desertion, abuse of power, failure to think ahead or to contemplate information at odds with preconceptions, neglect of the needs of subordinates, complacency, battle fatigue - those are the realities of the human experience in war. They offer a kind of mirror that not only reflects but exaggerates human failings on smaller stages. All of this is offered in one sobering, disturbing and elegantly written chapter.

It was impossible to read “A Winter Shadow” without a sense of deep gratitude for the men who were stationed along their over-extended lines in the dark wood of the Ardennes in December of 1944. It was impossible to read that chapter without coming to understand their leaders as less than heroic, and more accurately as flawed and human and, in a strange way, to appreciate their achievement more deeply. It was impossible to read that chapter and not to see war as embracing ignominy and farce and corruption and dishonesty as well as parade ground heroism, to see how they are inseparable threads, and to have perhaps a glimmer of understanding as to why so many veterans did not want to speak about that they had experienced. It is to wish that those among our politicians or our punditry who call too easily, too readily for war, could spend a night or two in a foxhole in a winter forest before they make that vote or write that column.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
I''ve read many accounts of this period, but none better than this one. It has just the right mix of big picture and detail. The maps are excellent and placed pretty conveniently. The photographs were helpful. The writing is first rate - keep your dictionary handy to get... See more
I''ve read many accounts of this period, but none better than this one. It has just the right mix of big picture and detail. The maps are excellent and placed pretty conveniently. The photographs were helpful. The writing is first rate - keep your dictionary handy to get the most from your reading experience. The author generally did not allow his observations to intrude on the narrative or to break the spell of the moment he was capturing.

The only downside was that the outer, rigid book cover had almost entirely separated from the bound pages. Because I purchased this book during the pandemic, I''m prepared to think that perhaps the quality control was another Covid casualty, but it''s a shame.
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The best account you will find
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2013
This is a terrific book. Atkinson has a firm and detailed grasp of all aspects from D-day on through the liberation. He is brilliant on the strengths and weaknesses of the dominant personalities like Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton and vividly presents other participants...See more
This is a terrific book. Atkinson has a firm and detailed grasp of all aspects from D-day on through the liberation. He is brilliant on the strengths and weaknesses of the dominant personalities like Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton and vividly presents other participants like the unforgettable General Ted Roosevelt. He does what contemporary historians now do so well : he covers the big strategies and events and also drills down to the perspective of named individuals. And he writes so well. Its a very easy book to read, almost a page-turner. One niggle. Little,Brown haven''t done so well. The pages of photos started to fall out before I had reached page 100. It is shockingly badly bound, I suspect just glued like a paperback. Poor for a book retailing at £35. The US edition is probably better.
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An enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2015
There are two main characters in "Noble Descents" (not "Noble Descent"): the world-weary, much-travelled Maharajah of a fictional Indian hillside State in the years following independence and his friend the retired Indian Army colonel, of Irish extraction,...See more
There are two main characters in "Noble Descents" (not "Noble Descent"): the world-weary, much-travelled Maharajah of a fictional Indian hillside State in the years following independence and his friend the retired Indian Army colonel, of Irish extraction, who''s "gone native". The small remaining expatriate community is rife with gossip. Much of the early part of the story consists of their leisurely conversations over their whiskey about "the meaning of life" and such. An Americanized Englishman arrives, sent over by an American film-maker to investigate the possibility of making a movie about the Maharajah''s ancestors. The "love interest" -- a feisty Welshwoman estranged from her husband, a neurotic English major with a shady background -- enters the story about half-way through the book. There''s also a a young Indian chancer who''s managed to extract himself from his Untouchable origins and is posing as a Brahmin... Despite some distinct implausibilities of plot denouement at the end, an enjoyable read.
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David Rostance
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A book just ashood as volume one in the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2021
Volume 2 of his trilogy Rick Atkinson writes a fantastic story of the war in Sicily and Italy.A super read I could not put down.
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Last ight good light
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2013
I had not read Rick Atkinson before, and went on recommendation, which was a wise decision. I read it on holiday and found it interesting and informative.Some personal stories behind the facts and another book which makes the wise decison to break down a huge story into a...See more
I had not read Rick Atkinson before, and went on recommendation, which was a wise decision. I read it on holiday and found it interesting and informative.Some personal stories behind the facts and another book which makes the wise decison to break down a huge story into a smaller, easier read. For students of the last war.
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The Horrows of War
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2013
I am not competent to review this volume as a histoprian. However it reads like a novel and helprd me to better understand the horrows of war to the degree that I can only express thanks I nevr had to go to war.Why statesmen and politians seem eager to enter in to conflict...See more
I am not competent to review this volume as a histoprian. However it reads like a novel and helprd me to better understand the horrows of war to the degree that I can only express thanks I nevr had to go to war.Why statesmen and politians seem eager to enter in to conflict baffels me. Another excellent book which I am reading is Postwar By Tony Judt. I cannot imagine a better analysis of Europe after 1945.
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