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

By Rick Atkinson
Read by L. J. Ganser

The Liberation Trilogy: Book 3

32.30 Hours 05/14/2013 unabridged
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The eagerly awaited final volume in Pulitzer Prize–winner Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy It 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 New York Times bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle in western Europe. D-day marked the commencement of the war’s final campaign, and Atkinson’s astonishingly fresh account of that enormous 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 of these historic moments come utterly alive. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at all levels, from presidents and prime ministers, from war-weary lieutenants to terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the awe-inspiring effort that led to Germany’s surrender. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson’s remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that restored freedom to the West. His lively, lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy to deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013

A USA Today bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A 2013 Washington Post Top 10 Book

An NPR bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A 2013 Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book for Nonfiction

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

The eagerly awaited final volume in Pulitzer Prize–winner Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy

It 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 New York Times bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle in western Europe.

D-day marked the commencement of the war’s final campaign, and Atkinson’s astonishingly fresh account of that enormous 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 of these historic moments come utterly alive. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at all levels, from presidents and prime ministers, from war-weary lieutenants to terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the awe-inspiring effort that led to Germany’s surrender.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson’s remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that restored freedom to the West. His lively, lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy to deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A remarkable conclusion to his three parts on WWII…A fabulous book.” Tom Brokaw
“Detailed in its research, unsparing in its judgments and confident in its prose…This trilogy—on which [Atkinson has] spent twelve years, twice as long as the war itself—may well be his masterpiece.” Time
“A tapestry of fabulous richness and complexity… Atkinson is a master of what might be called ‘pointillism history,’ assembling the small dots of pure color into a vivid, tumbling narrative…The Liberation Trilogy is a monumental achievement, about 2,500 pages in all, densely researched but supremely readable.” New York Times Book Review
“A magnificent book…Though the story may seem familiar, I found surprising detail on every page…Atkinson’s account of D-Day is both masterly and lyrical… [He] is an absolute master of his material.” Wall Street Journal
“Breathtaking, unforgettable… Atkinson provides us with especially poignant descriptions in a blaze of writing and research that matches the drama and significance of the moment, all without peer in modern history…This volume is a literary triumph worthy of the military triumph it explores and explains.” Boston Globe
“Monumental… As befits a journalist who knows his material inside and out, Atkinson can provide the incisive explanation to a complex situation or personage… A masterpiece of deep reporting and powerful storytelling.” Los Angeles Times
“[Atkinson] reconstructs the period from D-Day to V-E Day by weaving a multitude of tiny details into a tapestry of achingly sublime prose…With great sensitivity, Atkinson conveys the horrible reality of what soldiers had to become to defeat Hitler’s Germany.” Washington Post
“Great characters, vivid details…The final volume of Rick Atkinson’s ‘Liberation Trilogy’ proves again that few can re-tell a story as well as he.” USA Today
“The same qualities that garnered Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn—meticulous research married to masterful narrative—are apparent in The Guns at Last Light. The new book relates the oft-told (but never better) story of the war’s final year, from D-Day to the German surrender.” Chicago Tribune
“A beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history.” Smithsonian

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Reviews

by Wally 9/13/2017
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Real life, history happened or happening now can be written so we are at the edge of our seats and when I saw Rick Atkinson tell of his 3rd and last book on war in WW 2 I only wished that in school when I was a kid...and now especially more in a more dan

Mr. Atkinson is one of those persons when you hear from his opening answers on his book reviews on his trilogy of WW 2 that he has read and read much and read wisely all that are involved in war, from the top who send so easily the young who have not begun to hardly live yet, the commanders at all levels and their experience ...and lack of experience in the case of Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, (just 2 examples for now) who were put way above their abilities...but press controlled or pacified under "national security issues", in watching out for all in war and treatment of their enemies, right to the end and how many are truly forgotten if they come home at all with bodies and heads damaged beyond repair....all of this Atkinson treated for what it is and got to the root of what war is really like and the absolute insanity that happens in even sometimes the so called "necessary wars."
I hope millions read even this last volume or hear it on audio and you will learn much, know that is war must happen, it must happen as best it can be and as short as it can be. I feel inadequate to even say much, not having education except mostly me teaching myself since leaving school at 14 for the most part.
Oh, May the whole world read what Rick Atkinson wrote, hear or read some truth here and have your eyes opened....Wally Leitel

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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
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 32.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English