The Day Of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-44

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 2, 2013 - History - 816 pages
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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 the Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north.

The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill and their military advisors engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once underway, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to push the Germans up the Italian peninsula. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing on an astonishing array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank.

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Meticulously researched, finely crafted storytelling. - Goodreads
Fantastic read, intelligent writing, and quick. - Goodreads
Excellent coverage of a brutal campaign. - Goodreads
Another fine overview of WWII. - Goodreads
Amazing writing about an amazing story - Goodreads
Very well researched and a fascinating story. - Goodreads

Review: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

My reading experience with Mr. Atkinson's second book of the Liberation trilogy could be summed as follows: Great subject material. Good contrast between the big picture of events and individual ... Read full review

Review: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Nishant Pappireddi - Goodreads

In this book, Rick Atkinson describes the Italian Campaign of World War 2, from the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 to the liberation of Rome in June, only 1 day (or 2) before the landings in Normandy ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of AN ARMY AT DAWN, THE LONG GRAY LINE, IN THE COMPANY OF SOLDIERS and CRUSADE. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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