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Guns at Last Light The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

ISBN-10: 0805062904
ISBN-13: 9780805062908
Edition: 2013
Authors: Rick Atkinson
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Description: The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War TwoIt is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and  More...

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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 896
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.816
Language: English

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War TwoIt 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 bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.D-Day marked the commencement of the European war's final campaign, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold 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 these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson's accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

Rick Atkinson holds a master of arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago and is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and military historian Atkinson is the author of the highly-acclaimed Liberation Trilogy, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. Atkinson received the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943. The second volume, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, drew praise as well. Atkinson also received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting; and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service, awarded to the Washington Post for a series of investigative articles directed and edited by Atkinson on shootings by the District of Columbia police department. He is winner of the 1989 George Polk Award for national reporting, the 2003 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award, the 2007 Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, and the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Atkinson has served as the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College. In 2014 his title The Guns at Last Light made The New York Times Best Seller List.

List of Maps
Map Legend
Allied Chain of Command
Prologue
Invasion
The Far Shore
First Tide
Hell's Beach
A Conqueror's Paradise
Lodgement
"This Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish"
A Gunman's World
Terror Is Broken by Terror
How Easy It Is to Make a Ghost
Liberation
A Monstrous Blood-Mill
The Bright Day Grew Dark
Ministers of Thy Chastisement
The Loveliest Story of Our Time
Pursuit
"The Huntsman Is Hungry"
The Avenue of Stenches
"Harden the Heart and Let Fly"
Against the West Wall
"Five Barley Loaves and Three Small Fishes"
Every Village a Fortress
A Market and a Garden
The Arrow That Flieth by Day
The Implicated Woods
Charlemagne's Tomb
"Do Not Let Us Pretend We Are All Right"
The Worst Place of Any
The Flutter of Wings
A Town Too Small for the Tragedy
Faith in a Friendly Universe
To the Land of Doom
"Providence Decrees and We Must Obey"
A Winter Shadow
"We Are All So Human That It Is Pitiful"
Staking Everything on One Card
The Light Line
"Go Easy, Boys. There's Danger Ahead"
The Bulge
A Rendezvous in Some Flaming Town
"Why Are You Not Packing?"
War in the Raw
Glory Has Its Price
The Agony Grapevine
Argonauts
Citizens of the World
A Fateful Conference
"Only Our Eyes Are Alive"
Crossings
The Inner Door to Germany
Two If by Sea
"The Enemy Has Reason to Fear Him"
Lovers' Quarrels Are a Part of Love
Victory
Mark of the Beast
Dragon Country
"God, Where Are You?"
A Great Silence
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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