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Incredible. War narrative that reads like a historical novel. Atkinson delivers detailed and well-researched information on this, a too-often overlooked period of the Second World War, through the eyes and experiences of those who fought the campaigns.
Atkinson transitions seamlessly from the thirty-thousand foot view of Roosevelt and Churchill through the ten-thousand foot view of Eisenhower, Montgomery, and Rommel, down to the dogface grunt in the foxhole and back again, weaving a deep, rich, and engaging story that could have been yet another dry academic historical tome if written by a lesser author.
I highly recommend this book as all of the things I like. I recommend it for the quality of the writing, for the quality of the content, for feel of the book in the hands. Even the typeface and layout lends itself to extended periods of reading without fatigue.
I first heard of this book several years ago, but put it off thinking that at its size I would do better to read it when I have time to dedicate to an effort. . . what a mistake that was! Don't wait. . . this book is no effort at all. The effort after I started this book was to avoid neglecting my schoolwork and family.

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Rick Atkinson provides the seminal description of the Allied Operation Torch in north Africa, beginning in 1942. This is an important story because it was the first time Americans planned, led, and executed major operations in support of a major operation during World War II.
Atkinson combines a passion for history, respect for Allied soldiers and activists, and an unerring pen to place the reader in the middle of the hot African sun. Additionally, he posseses an uncanny talent for allowing us into the minds of some of the great military leaders of the age: Eisenhower, Patton, Marshall, Rommel, Kesselring, DeGaulle.

Review: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (World War II Liberation Trilogy #1)

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This is one of those military history books that, despite being on the CSA's reading list, does not make a heavy contribution to the study of the “science of war” or the “art of leadership.” However ... Read full review

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