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The Guns at Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

Rick Atkinson

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Henry Holt & Company
14 May 2013
Series: Liberation
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II 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 bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all--the titanic battle for Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich--all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson's accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
By:   Rick Atkinson
Imprint:   Henry Holt & Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 46mm
Weight:   1.148kg
ISBN:   9780805062908
ISBN 10:   0805062904
Series:   Liberation
Pages:   896
Publication Date:   14 May 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Reviews for The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

#1 New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune 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. --Max Hastings, The Wall Street Journal 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. -- The New York Times Book Review 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. -- The 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. -- The 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. -- The Washington Post Detailed in its research, unsparing in its judgments and confident in its prose...This trilogy--on which [Atkinson has] spent 12 years, twice as long as the war itself--may well be his masterpiece. -- Time Great characters, vivid details...The final volume of Rick Atkinson's 'Liberation Trilogy' proves again


  • Winner of Society of Midland Authors Award (Adult Nonfiction) 2014

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