By Rick Atkinson
Within the first quantity of his huge trilogy concerning the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting tale of the warfare in North AfricaThe liberation of Europe and the destruction of the 3rd Reich is a narrative of braveness and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. during this first quantity of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson indicates why no sleek reader can comprehend the final word victory of the Allied powers with out a snatch of the good drama that opened up in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first yr of the Allied battle was once a pivotal aspect in American historical past, the instant whilst the us started to act like an exceptional power.Beginning with the bold amphibious invasion in November 1942, a military at sunrise follows the yankee and British armies as they try the French in Morocco and Algeria, after which tackle the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. conflict by means of conflict, an green and occasionally poorly led military progressively turns into a great struggling with strength. primary to the story are the intense yet fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.Brilliantly researched, wealthy with new fabric and brilliant insights, Atkinson's narrative presents the definitive heritage of the battle in North Africa. An military at sunrise is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for background.
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