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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743527976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743527972
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,834,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In "The Day of Battle," Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in "An Army at Dawn," his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete "The Liberation Trilogy," which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for "The Washington Post," conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd."--William Grimes, "The New York Times"

"Monumental ... With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose."--"The Washington Post"

"The majestic sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning "An Army at Dawn" ... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war." --"The Wall Street Journal"

"A very fine book .... Anyone who devoured "An Army at Dawn" with relish will be delighted with Atkinson's account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"[A] fascinating account of the war in Sicily and Italy."--"USA"" Today"

"Gripping .... [Atkinson] combines an impressive depth of research with a knack for taut, compelling narrative."--"Star Tribune "(Minneapolis-St. Paul)

"Splendid ... the infantrymen who didthe fighting will grab at readers' hearts."--"St. Louis"" Post-Dispatch"

"With "The Day of Battle," Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians ... Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II."--"Austin American-Statesman"

"A seamless, stunning narrative that is the equal of "An Army at Dawn" .... Atkinson's success lies in his ability to render bare war's wretched realities in astounding prose."--"Contra Costa Times"

"In "The Day of Battle", Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in "An Army at Dawn", his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete "The Liberation Trilogy", which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for "The Washington Post", conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd."--William Grimes, "The New York Times"

"Monumental ... With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose."--"The Washington Post"

"The majestic sequel to his Pulitzer

"In "The Day of Battle," Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in "An Army at Dawn," his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete "The Liberation Trilogy," which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for "The Washington Post," conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd."--William Grimes, "The New York Times"

"Monumental ... With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose."--"The Washington Post"

"The majestic sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning "An Army at Dawn" ... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war." --"The Wall Street Journal"

"A very fine book .... Anyone who devoured "An Army at Dawn" with relish will be delighted with Atkinson's account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"[A] fascinating account of the war in Sicily and Italy."--"USA"" Today"

"Gripping .... [Atkinson] combines an impressive depth of research with a knack for taut, compelling narrative."--"Star Tribune "(Minneapolis-St. Paul)

"Splendid ... the infantrymen who did the fighting will grab at readers' hearts."--"St. Louis"" Post-Dispatch"

"With "The Day of Battle, " Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians ... Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II."--"Austi

"Majestic... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war." --"The Wall Street Journal
""A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle."--"The New York Times"
"In "The Day of Battle," Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in "An Army at Dawn," his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete "The Liberation Trilogy," which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for "The Washington Post," conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd."--William Grimes, "The New York Times"

"Monumental ... With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose."--"The Washington Post"

"A very fine book .... Anyone who devoured "An Army at Dawn" with relish will be delighted with Atkinson's account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"[A] fascinating account of the war in Sicily and Italy."--"USA"" Today"

"Gripping .... [Atkinson] combines an impressive depth of research with a knack for taut, compelling narrative."--"Star Tribune "(Minneapolis-St. Paul)

"Splendid ... the infantrymen who did the fighting will grab at readers' hearts."--"St. Louis"" Post-Dispatch"

"With "The Day of Battle, " Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians ... Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II."--"Austin American-Statesman"

"A seamless, stunning narrative that is the equal of "An Army at Dawn" .... Atkinson's success lies in his ability to render bare war's wretched realities in astounding prose."--"Contra Costa Times"

Majestic... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war. "The Wall Street Journal"

A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle. "The New York Times"

In "The Day of Battle," Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in "An Army at Dawn," his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete "The Liberation Trilogy," which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for "The Washington Post," conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd. "William Grimes, The New York Times"

Monumental With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose. "The Washington Post"

A very fine book . Anyone who devoured "An Army at Dawn" with relish will be delighted with Atkinson's account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign. "The New York Times Book Review"

[A] fascinating account of the war in Sicily and Italy. "USA Today"

Gripping . [Atkinson] combines an impressive depth of research with a knack for taut, compelling narrative. "Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul)"

Splendid the infantrymen who did the fighting will grab at readers' hearts. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

With "The Day of Battle, " Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II. "Austin American-Statesman"

A seamless, stunning narrative that is the equal of "An Army at Dawn" . Atkinson's success lies in his ability to render bare war's wretched realities in astounding prose. "Contra Costa Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second volume of Rick Atkinson's monumental trilogy about the Liberation of Europe in the Second World War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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..but not to this degree. Unfortunately, this book is part of the new 'ambrose' like breed of sensationalist and revisionist american military writing. The focus on and lauding of Mark Clark and Fifth Army is pretty transparent and laughable for a book which considers itself a serious historical account. A shame as the writing at times is powerful and emotive. I also feel duty bound to be unhappy with a book that would have you believe that commonwealth troops did not fight and did not fight effectively. Little important detail, little sense of operational scope and patently not a book about anything except the US soldier and their further development as a fighting arm. Avoid.
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I was impressed by the detail and research content of the first part of Rick Atkinson's Trilogy 'An Army at Dawn'. It seemed to make sense of the situation described to me by two relatives who served in that part of North Africa.

However, I am disappointed in his follow up book. It seems more partisan and omits some details which I feel would have been included before. My father was always distrustful of the American Army and Airforce due to his first hand experience of them. Rick's first book helped to explain why this might be so. This, his second book doesn't.

For example, use the index for 'British Army Royal Artillery' and you find some quotes from Spike Milligan's books. What you do not find is anything meaningful, such as any reference to the bombing of the Royal Artillery's 74th Medium Regiment by the American Air Force at Cassino. This resulted in 35 dead and injured, with a gun and equipment destroyed. As the USAAF had previously bombed the same unit in North Africa resulting in the CO being invalided back to the UK this incident should have been included as an example of why distrust between the two forces might fester.
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Exemplary writing by Rick Atkinson as always. He manages to cover everything from the high level political aspects down to the misery of the common soldier equally. Along the way, he reveals the incompetence, narrow-mindedness and sheer paranoia of many commanders - particularly Mark Clark, who insisted that every press release referring to Fith Army referred to it as 'Mark Clark's Fith Army and reputedly ordered soldiers holding the southern outposts of Rome to shoot any Eight Army (British) personnel who attempted to move into Rome central before he could stage his own triumphant entrance. This book also does a lot to establish the importance of the Italian campaign in the eventual Allied victory.
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A very revealing read and for one who lived through the period as a pre-teenager, quite a sobering window on the reality of what, then, seemed so brave and gallant.
Such a waste of so many good young lives through the pig-headedness and egoism of those in charge.
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Luckily I didn't buy this boook, just borrowed it, don't waste your money. Some of the shortcomings of the British upper command are very valid, and have been well documented by many others, but this a complete -go USA -good, Brits -bad trashing.
If you like your history re written my Americans to fit their view of themselves now, rather than as a leaning ally in 1943, and that the British Tommy wasn't up to the standard of the good old yanks, read on. A bit like the film Pearl Harbour and other Hollywood classics.
If you want the truth, I'd read another book.
I won't be reading the other books in the trilogy.
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Book was mainly from the American view point.......I was looking for the British view as my father took part with the 8th army.
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Dear oh dear. Although I found this book interesting I just had to write a review about it's bias toward the Americans and almost contempt toward the British.You would think the British played no part in the Italian campaign after reading this book.I was a bit surprised and disappointed about this,especially as I had already read An Army At Dawn and found that to be a more balanced and fair account of the war in north Africa.Not taking away from the bravery of anyone who fought in the war,I thought Mr.Atkinson was quick to praise every other nationality and equally quick to criticize the British.Fair enough,he didn't make out that every thing the Americans did was right or good,but he didn't have anything positive to say about the British at all.
I have bought The Guns At Last Light and am looking forward to reading it,but I hope the final installment of the trilogy is kinder and fairer to the nation that had been at war since 1939, and whose people and armed forces had fought on alone against the Nazis when everyone else had succumbed to them.
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Having read, and enjoyed, Rick Atkinson's 'The Long Gray Line' I thought that this author had accrued enough credit with me to make it worth my while reading this book. Prior to starting it I looked at some of the mixed reviews here on Amazon, and I noted that there were a few regarded this book as being a very American view of the Italian campaign, some even stating that it was American good, British bad. Having now finished the book I regard that as being somewhat unfair. Be in no doubt, to the book's secondary title of 'The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-1944' should be added the words 'from an American perspective', but the criticisms of the British performance are no worse than what has appeared in many other books written by British authors. The criticisms of individuals and units in the campaign were fairly evenly spread around; Montgomery was stuffy, pompous, egotistical, ponderous in attack, behaviour that has been described in dozens of other accounts, whereas with Mark Clark lived down to the nickname that he acquired of Marcus Aurelius Clarkus.

Whilst this is a very accessible account of the Italian campaign it rarely strays out the author’s American orientated comfort zone. I get the impression that beyond the official British history of the campaign, and rather bizarrely some quotes from Spike Milligan’s war memoirs, very little effort was invested in finding out much about the British contribution. The use of the name ‘Tommies’ for the British and ‘Yanks’ for the Americans becomes a bit annoying after a while, as does the authors flowery allusions to past Roman campaigns, which I skipped towards the end because they added nothing.
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