The eagerly awaited final volume in Pulitzer Prize–winner
Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy
It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a
staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and
vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his New York Times bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson
recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from
North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic
story of all—the titanic battle in western Europe.
D-day marked the commencement of the war’s final campaign,
and Atkinson’s astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the
pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the
liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Market Garden, the horrific Battle
of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all of these
historic moments come utterly alive. Atkinson tells the tale from the
perspective of participants at all levels, from presidents and prime ministers,
from war-weary lieutenants to terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last
surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global
conflagration and the awe-inspiring effort that led to Germany’s surrender.
With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy,
Rick Atkinson’s remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the
definitive chronicle of the war that restored freedom to the West. His lively,
lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy to
deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of
the western front’s final phase.
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