An Army At Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 2, 2013 - History - 704 pages

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 reader 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.
Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the British and American 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.

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This is top-of-the-line military history. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next two volumes. I was very impressed with the first two (so far) of the three volumes of Ian Toll's history of ... Read full review

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An excellent book that covers the US Army's invasion of North Africa and the subsequent drive into Tunisia, including the famous defeat at Kasserine Pass. Atkinson deftly weaves a compelling story ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Rick Atkinson is a former staff writer and assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, and the bestselling author of The Long Gray Line and Crusade. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize.

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