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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II. With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict.

As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line. When Germany's ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with its British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.

More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown: the as-yet obscure administrator Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war, and his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery. In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Erwin Rommel, the battlefield genius known as the Desert Fox, a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war. From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara's stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail.

A new level of accomplishment from this already acclaimed author, The Rising Tide will leave readers eager for the next volume of this superb saga of the war that saved and changed the world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/17/2014

    " Awesome. I can't wait to read the next two of the series, and every other book he has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Karchmar | 2/14/2014

    " First quarter of this book is slow. But after that, it's exactly what I expected from a WWII novel. The author gets into the minds of Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel, and Bradley. He did some solid research and filled in the gaps with educated guesses about who was thinking what and why they were thinking it. I loved it. Looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 2/4/2014

    " The introduction to this book contained just about the amount of historical overview about the war that I had been looking for. Sort of putting things in perspective. The first chapter was an abrupt and unwelcome change. I almost said forget it. After the smooth flowing, cohesive introduction, the style of the chapter itself was jarring. Choppy sentences. Disconnected thoughts. I guess it was meant to give a sense of how the soldiers themselves felt. Isolated, cold, unsure. Anyhow, I adjusted to the style (and it adjusted a little also in the subsequent chapters) and I gained a great deal more insight into American's role in the 'Mediterranean Theater' in WWII. It is focused on the fight in North Africa and the Mediterranean between spring 1942 and fall 1943. The personalities of Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, and some other recognizable names are fleshed out, and another side of the story is supplied by 'average joe' soldiers. The rest of the war is mentioned only in passing, like when it had an impact on supplies or news coverage. Overall it left me better informed about this small but important theater of the war. "

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

    " Great historical fiction. Written very similar to his WW1 book. The soldiers talk was really funny at times. I loved his rendition of Churchill, especially. First in a trilogy on WW2. "

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