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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; abridged edition edition (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743527992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743527996
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,610,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As one might expect from a Pulitzer Prize winning author, it is written with verve and panache . . . highly recommended (Military History)

Easily the best history of the Second World War in western Europe that I have ever read (History Today)

The Guns at Last Light tells [the story from D-Day to VE-Day] brilliantly . . . fascinating (Choice Magazine)

[Atkinson's] storytelling verve and infectious, boyish enthusiasm swept me up and carried me along from D-Day in June 1944, all the way through Normandy, Paris, Arnhem and the Bulge to the final apocalyptic reckoning ... gripping and harrowing ... for sheer relentless readability, Atkinson is hard to beat. (Telegraph)

For history buffs or anyone interested in how men react in extremis ... top storytelling (Antony Beevor Mail on Sunday)

as fast and furious as the conflict it describes (The Times)

Superbly researched . . . an epic tale in Atkinson's expert hands. He never stoops to breathless prose in this perfectly paced account, and he always comes up with fresh and revealing details (Antony Beevor Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The magnificent conclusion to Atkinson's monumental and highly acclaimed trilogy about the Liberation of Europe in the Second World War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Workingboat32 on 23 Sept. 2013
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This would have been a 5 star rating except that there are two bits that I know are wrong. He reports that soon after D Day Spitfires and Hurricanes were based in France. In the summer of '45 I was flying a Hurricane in a training job in Scotland and I know there were no Hurricanes operational in France at that time. The author also relates that during ground attacks pilots flew at 50 feet while firing at ground targets;.personal experience again says he has got it wrong. In January '45 I was posted to 137 Squadron, 124 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force in Holland to fly Typhoons. I flew ground attacks firing air to ground rockets and cannon and to aim at a ground target required that the aircraft be nose down and aimed at the target. Do that when flying at 50 feet and you hit the ground.
These are two very small points but it means that twice the author has included material without checking it for accuracy and one must have some thought that he may have done this in other parts of the narrative.
These points apart, I think this book is excellently well written and, as one who was there at the time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 25 Jun. 2013
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This is a terrific book. Atkinson has a firm and detailed grasp of all aspects from D-day on through the liberation. He is brilliant on the strengths and weaknesses of the dominant personalities like Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton and vividly presents other participants like the unforgettable General Ted Roosevelt. He does what contemporary historians now do so well : he covers the big strategies and events and also drills down to the perspective of named individuals. And he writes so well. Its a very easy book to read, almost a page-turner.

One niggle. Little,Brown haven't done so well. The pages of photos started to fall out before I had reached page 100. It is shockingly badly bound, I suspect just glued like a paperback. Poor for a book retailing at £35. The US edition is probably better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Residency on 26 Dec. 2013
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Despite basic differences in military philosophy between the Anglo American partners,they succeeded despite all obstacles in achieving a total victory against the Axis Powers.
In this the final volume of Rick Atkinson's epic account of the American Army's war in North Africa and Europe, the story is taken from the difficulties on the Normandy beaches through to the River Elbe and Austria. Although this is a familiar history for many readers , in Atkinson's authoritative writing it develops into an heroic account; and its viewpoint ranges from Supreme Commander to the lowliest Private.
This is a well researched history yet written in a pacey form which is always interesting and informative. Though written mainly from the US viewpoint, it still is an even handed account which pays full tribute to the contribution made by the British forces.
Strongly recommended for both the specialist and the general reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. W. Townsend on 8 July 2013
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The author's intelligent and engaging style makes for a refreshingly easy to read book, bearing in mind the number of military and geographical references. Yet,it's hugely informative, gripping and painstakingly researched. I've read many books dealing with the Second World War (as we call it here in the UK!) and this is unquestionably the finest, in my opinion. The last few pages (Epilogue) are unexpectedly moving, and found me reading tearfully. Read it and discover why. In the meantime I'll be getting hold of the first two volumes...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M A Kane on 17 July 2013
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This definitive history of events in Europe leading up to June 6th 1944 and the subsequent defeat of Nazi Germany reads almost like a novel in its account of this brutal campaign.
The tensions between world leaders, military commanders, the sufferings of ordinary soldiers and civilians are starkly recounted.
From detailed accounts of strategy to the costs in blood and treasure ,this epic history is the finest narration of this bloody campaign brings the horrors of war to grim reality.
American war production and the overwhelming mass of materiel finally ground down the superb soldiering of the Wehrmacht. The liberation of the concentration camps finally showed the world of the truely evil nature of the Nazi regime.
I cannot recommend this majestic book highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Spawton on 5 Sept. 2014
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The Guns at Last Light is the final volume in a trilogy which tells the history of the main combined allied operations in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Western Europe. The books are written from the American perspective and it is interesting that there are over a thousand reviews of this book on the US Amazon site compared to only twenty or so on the UK site. Those who choose histories with a more Anglo-centric view of the conflict as opposed to Atkinson's books are missing something truly extraordinary. Atkinson delivers the perfect balance throughout the three volumes, telling the stories of the masters of war fighting at the strategic level and also the harrowing tales of the men and women, soldiers and civilians on the frontline. But what really sets these books apart is the quality of the writing. Atkinson's prose is sparkling and the books read as if written by one of the great novelists or poets. This is not dry, dusty history but something transcendent. It was difficult to finish this volume, not just because of the sheer horror of the war as described by Atkinson but because I was aware that, once finished, there would be a gap in my reading which other books will not be able to fill. So, my advice is to read these books carefully and slowly and to savour the words of a master writer.
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