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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,467 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 An Army at Dawn -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize -- Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome.

The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise. But once underway, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizing price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, the Rapido River, and Cassino were particularly ferocious and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark, among the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American troops became increasingly determined and proficient. With the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory in Europe at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing on extensive new material from a wide array of primary sources, and written with great drama and flair, The Day of Battle is narrative history of the first rank.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sight and sounds of battle.” 

    New York Times

  • “A very fine bookAnyone who devoured An Army at Dawn with relish will be delighted with Atkinson’s account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Atkinson surpasses his Pulitzer-winning An Army at Dawn in this empathetic, perceptive analysis of the second stage in the U.S. Army's grassroots development from well-intentioned amateurs to the most formidable fighting force of World War II.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With The Day of Battle, Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians … Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II.”

    Austin American-Statesman 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacey | 2/16/2014

    " Band of Brothers set me off on a whole WWII kick, so I checked this out from the library. It tooks months of listening during my commute to work--almost as much time as the Italian campaign! Super inspiring and helped put the BBC series Foyle's War into perspective. Can't wait for Atkinson's treatment of DDay. I didn't think anyone could top Stephen Ambrose, but by the end of Vol II, I was convinced! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 2/10/2014

    " This book is Atkinson's second in what will ultimately be a trilogy on the US Army in WW II. The first, An Army at Dawn, garnered him his second Pulitzer, and is simply the best of its kind of definitive American military history. The Day of Battle recounts some stupendously treacherous battles that receive little attention in the glare of battles like Normandy or the Bulge; examples: Anzio, crossing the Rapido, Monte Cassino, and of course the race for Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig | 2/5/2014

    " Volume two of "The Liberation Trilogy." Volume one, "An Army at Dawn" was superb-- a pulitzer winner. I've just started this one and, so far, its getting the job done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " A fantastic narrative of the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns, filled with minute detail. "

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