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An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943, (Liberation, Bk 1)
An Army at Dawn The War in Africa 1942-1943 - Liberation, Bk 1
Author: Rick Atkinson
The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of miscalculation and incomparable courage, of calamity and enduring triumph. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson focuses on 1942 and 1943, showing how central the great drama that unfolded in North Africa was to the ultimate victory of the Allie...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780805074482
ISBN-10: 0805074481
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Pages: 736
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Owl Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943, (Liberation, Bk 1) on + 1406 more book reviews
A truly outstanding book on the American army in the early days of WW II in the Europe theater, concentrating on North Africa. I could write more, but I'll just say that it is very easy to understand how this book received the Pulitzer Prize for History. In addition to being good history, it is well-written and a good read.
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What a fantastic book. Strikes a great balance between the big picture and small but telling details. I liked Army @ Dawn, but think this one is a lot better--not sure exactly why. Highly reccomend.
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The portrayal of the US Army in its first operations of the war against Germany is not covered by many other authors. Rick Atkinson makes no assumptions of knowledge on the reader's part. He thoroughly covers the training, preparation and eventual invasion of North Africa. His narrative style is engaging and informative.

The American Army that existed prior to World War II was a small professional group of soldiers. The Army that went to war was far different. These "citizen soldiers" did things differently. The Army high Command had to adjust to this. Atkinson weaves this into the fabric of the army and its leaders.

The star of this series is the army. Not it's generals. Eisenhower certainly gets credit for handling the political and military situation more than adequately. He is not however the Eisenhower we see in 1944. There are many things to learn for both he and his soldiers. The entire book is well documented and illustrated making what could be at times complex theories and tactics easier to understand.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II. It gives you a glimpse at the growing pains of what was to become the largest Army the country ever fielded. It should be mandatory reading for any World War II scholars.