An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942–1943

By Rick Atkinson
Read by George Guidall

The Liberation Trilogy: Book 1

26.10 Hours 04/16/2013 unabridged
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The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power. Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel. Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson’s narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

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Summary

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Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History

A USA Today bestseller

The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.

Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson’s narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An exemplary work that feeds anticipation of the succeeding volumes.” Booklist
“General readers and specialists alike will find worthwhile fare in this intellectually convincing and emotionally compelling narrative.” Publishers Weekly
“An engrossing, extremely accessible account of a grim and too-often overlooked military campaign.” Amazon.com, editorial review

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by Andrew 9/13/2017
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Learned a lot.

I learned a lot from this audiobook. Found myself drifting away at times. Lost my attention in places. I will not listen it again to find out where.

Author

Author Bio: Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at the Washington Post for twenty years. He is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 26.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English