The Day of Battle

Author(s): Rick Atkinson

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A New York Times Bestseller -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning AuthorAfter his Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Allied triumph in North Africa, Rick Atkinson follows the strengthening armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north. The decision to invade Europe's so-called soft underbelly was controversial, but once under way the commitment never wavered. And with the liberation of Rome from the Nazis in June 1944, victory at last began to seem inevitable.


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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"

Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, and In the Company of Soldiers. He was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

General Fields

  • : 9780805088618SECA
  • : Henry Holt & Company
  • : Holt Paperback
  • : 0.61
  • : September 2008
  • : 210mm X 166mm X 38mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2008
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rick Atkinson
  • : Paperback
  • : 908
  • : English
  • : 940.54/215
  • : bl2008029014
  • : 848
  • : illustrations