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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Atkinson Narrator: Rick Atkinson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liberation Trilogy Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780743541671
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In the first volume of a remarkable trilogy, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. An Army at Dawn begins on the eve of Operation TORCH, the daring amphibious invasion of Morocco and Algeria. After three days of hard fighting against the French, American and British troops push deeper into North Africa.

But the confidence gained after several early victories soon wanes; casualties mount rapidly; battle plans prove ineffectual, and hope for a quick and decisive victory evaporates. The Allies discover that they are woefully unprepared to fight and win this war. North Africa becomes a proving ground: it is here that American officers learn how to lead, here that soldiers learn how to hate, here that an entire army learns what it will take to vanquish a formidable enemy. Many great battle captains emerged in North Africa, including Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and Montgomery. Atkinson brings these commanders vividly to life. He takes us to the front lines of every major battle -- from Oran to Kasserine to Tunis. In North Africa, the Allied coalition came into its own, the enemy forever lost the initiative, and the United States -- for the first time -- began to act like a great power.

Atkinson casts a clear eye on the dark tragedies that haunt every war. The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army At Dawn is history of the highest order -- brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most compelling pieces of military history I've ever read, An Army at Dawn, will become a military history and strategy studies classic. Atkinson writes with incredible insight and mastery of the details, and he is always mindful of the larger picture. This is history at its finest.”

    General Wesley K. Clark, USA (Ret.), former NATO supreme commander

  • “Atkinson's book is eminently friendly and readable, but without compromising normal standards of accuracy and objectivity. More than a military history, it is a social and psychological inquiry as well. I heartily recommend this human, sensitive, unpretentious work.”

    Paul Fussell, author of Doing Battle and Wartime

  • “Exceptional . . . A work strong in narrative flow and character portraits of the principle commanders . . . [A] highly pleasurable read.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A splendid book . . . The emphasis throughout is on the human drama of men at war.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 2/12/2014

    " I'm having a good streak with my book selections lately. 'An army at dawn' is not only a valuable, objective addition about United States first WWII campaign in the West, but it's also beautifully written. Mr. Atkinson manages to complete a very difficult task - to give a comprehensive picture of the events, paints a very vivid picture of main personalities and gives enough space to the ordinary grunts who actually stood for the fighting and dying. I am extremly impressed with this book and am really looknig forward to reading remaining parts of this lovely trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 2/4/2014

    " A good narrative on the North African campaign of WWII, Atkinson certainly shows a flair for dramatic prose and illuminating detail. Atkinson shows a great deal of empathy for all involved, from the generals to the grunts, the Axis to the Allies. My one criticism of this book is that Atkinson seems too fixed on showing the small and stupid failures of the Allies during the campaign. Granted, no war is perfect and many of the mistakes made were really dumb (like Gen. Allen taunting the Germans on their own coded frequencies), but the failures seem to outweigh the successes of the campaign. Overall a good start to what will probably be a great trilogy of military history books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tico | 1/31/2014

    " War/history buffs, go read this. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Peterson | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent treatment of the entire sweep of the North African campaign. This book has made me wait with baited breath for volume two... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cj | 1/24/2014

    " This is a really first class account of the war in North Africa. It reads like a novel, tells dozens of really personal tales, and just sucks you into the story so you can't put it down. Knowing how things ultimately turned out does not take away from the suspense that builds up before the battle sequences. Really great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/14/2014

    " One of the best I've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/14/2014

    " Pretty good historical account of the U.S. entry in to North Africa during WW2. We were in way over our heads, but learned the hard way how to become efficient as a fighting force. Very detailed in battle maneuvers, terrain, commanders, etc. Sometimes too detailed. But, I put this book down satisfied and have actually picked the next in the trilogy. Atkinson does his research, and this would be a good book for histroy and war buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/12/2014

    " This is the first of a trilogy on WWII. I read this one and the one on the war in Italy. I am waiting for the final book about the invasion of Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Slade | 1/7/2014

    " OK history but a bit tedious in parts. Helped me understand the war in N. Africa a little better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Steinbrunn | 12/30/2013

    " Perfect book. A must read if you are a military history buff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sparkchaser | 11/26/2013

    " After reading this book, I am surprised the Allies were even able to win the war. This book is a true tale of the coming of age of the U.S. military in WWII. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dr. | 10/5/2013

    " Pretty good but I don't get the hype. I really wanted this one to ened so I could read the next one which did turn out to be better. It's good history but it's too much in the vainb of Stephen Ambrose for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Krug | 7/28/2013

    " Nicely crafted narrative of the allied campaign for N. Africa. Thought he belaboured the point about the US slowly lurching its way towards competence as an army, but enjoyed this much and look forward to the next two in the series. On to Italy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 6/18/2013

    " A good read if you like details about the development of warfare during WWII. This is not a page-turner, but is very relevant when compared to books which depict modern warfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missie | 6/16/2013

    " I love reading books about our military but I think with this book I realized I preferred single account books. I found myself confusing all the names, especially the British commanders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffry | 1/10/2013

    " Brilliant. Atkinson deserved the prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Pugh | 12/2/2012

    " This was a nice look at how we used to fight wars. The author does a nice job of getting into personal war stories. I'm glad I didn't have to fight in those conditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 10/21/2012

    " I like history and Rick recounts Americas first encounter with the Axis in stunning detail. If you like history this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AFBonanno | 7/2/2012

    " Very tactically inclined book. Nonetheless, interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 4/25/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Was ok. Didn't really hold my attention as much as I had wanted it to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 12/7/2011

    " Surprisingly easy to get through considering the daunting size, and unavoidable mountain of facts and figures. A fascinating look at a campaign that I previously knew nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nishant | 5/19/2011

    " The beginning of the end, so to speak... the allies take on Rommel in Africa... looking forward to reading Part 2... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 5/3/2011

    " Fantastic. Rick Atkinson is an erudite author of the first order. He makes this history come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/26/2011

    " Good perspective of the battle in North Africa. Noted how aweful the US military was at first and then how we became a powerful force. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/13/2011

    " Good WW II history perspective on Americas entry into North Africa and the 1942/1943 campaign. At 500 plus pages it gets a bit detailed on the battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 2/15/2011

    " Outstanding book! Very good account of the Americans first taste of combat in the European combat theater. Did not rely solely on hard facts but incorporated numerous quotes from soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/9/2011

    " This is the first of a trilogy on WWII. I read this one and the one on the war in Italy. I am waiting for the final book about the invasion of Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/31/2010

    " War is ugly; this book shows how unprepared we were to enter into WWII, but also shows the steep learning curve of our armies and its leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bebe | 8/3/2010

    " Great book for folks interested in WWII. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at the Washington Post for twenty years. He 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, DC.