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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:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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