Day of Battle The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

ISBN-10: 080508861X
ISBN-13: 9780805088618
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rick Atkinson
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

0;A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sight and sounds of battle.1;-The New York Times InAn Army at Dawn-winner of the Pulitzer Prize-Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, inThe Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome. The Italian campaign7;s outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war7;s most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable. Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. WithThe Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history7;s most compelling military campaigns.

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
Across the Middle Sea
Forcing the World Back to Reason
Calypso's Island
"The Horses of the Sun"
Death or Glory
The Burning Shore
Land of the Cyclops
The Loss of Irrecoverable Hours
"Tonight Wear White Pajamas"
"The Dark World Is Not Far from Us"
An Island Redoubt
"Into Battle with Stout Hearts"
"How I Love Wars"
Snaring the Head Devil
Fevers of an Unknown Origin
A Great Grief
"In a Place Like This"
Salerno
"Risks Must Be Calculated"
Plots, Counterplots, and Cross-plots
The Stillest Shoes the World Could Boast
The Moan of Lost Souls
A Portal Won
Corpse of the Siren
"I Give You Naples"
"Watch Where You Step and Have No Curiosity at All"
The Mountainous Hinterland
"The Entire World Was Burning"
Winter
The Archangel Michael, Here and Everywhere
"A Tank Too Big for the Village Square"
A Gangster's Battle
Too Many Gone West
A River and a Rock
Colonel Warden Makes a Plan
"Nothing Was Right Except the Courage"
The Show Must Go On
Perdition
"Something's Happening"
Through the Looking Glass
Jerryland
The Murder Space
This World and the Next World at Strife
The Bitchhead
"Man Is Distinguished from the Beasts"
Four Horsemen
A Fairyland of Silver and Gold
The Weight of Metal
Dragonflies in the Sun
A Kettle of Grief
Dead Country
"Put the Fear of God into Them"
"You Are All Brave. You Are All Gentlemen"
"On the Eve of Great Things"
The Great Prize
Shaking Stars from the Heavens
A Fifth Army Show
The Cuckoo's Song
Expulsion of the Barbarians
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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