Rick Atkinson

1 The Guns at Last Light

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-05-14
Description :  <b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II</b><br /><br />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 <i>The Guns at Last Light</i>, he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.<br /><br />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.<br />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. <br />One of <i>The Washington Post</i>'s Top 10 Books of the Year<br />A <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

2 An Army at Dawn

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-05-15
Description :  <b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.

3 The Day of Battle

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-10-02
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy</b><br /><br />In <i>An Army at Dawn</i>—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in <i>The Day of Battle</i>, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.<br /><br />The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.<br /><br />Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With <i>The Day of Battle</i>, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.

4 The Long Gray Line

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-04-01
Description :  The first trade paperback edition of the <i>New York Times</i> best-seller about West Point's Class of 1966, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson.<br /><br />This is the story of the twenty-five-year adventure of the generation of officers who fought in Vietnam. With novelistic detail, Atkinson tells the story of West Point's Class of 1966 primarily through the experiences of three classmates and the women they loved--from the boisterous cadet years and youthful romances to the fires of Vietnam, where dozens of their classmates died and hundreds more grew disillusioned, to the hard peace and family adjustments that followed. The rich cast of characters includes Douglas MacArthur, William Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The West Point Class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American history, and Rick Atkinson's masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams.

5 The Liberation Trilogy Box Set

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $30.99
Release Date :  2013-10-22
Description :  <b>The definitive chronicle of the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy is now together in one boxed set</b><br /><br />From the War in North Africa to the Invasion of Normandy, the Liberation Trilogy recounts the hard fought battles that led to Allied victory in World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Rick Atkinson brings great drama and exquisite detail to the retelling of these battles and gives life to a cast of characters, from the Allied leaders to rifleman in combat. His accomplishment is monumental: the Liberation Trilogy is the most vividly told, brilliantly researched World War II narrative to date.

6 In the Company of Soldiers

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <b>From Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Rick Atkinson comes an eyewitness account of the war against Iraq and a vivid portrait of a remarkable group of soldiers</b><br /><br /> For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Now, in this extraordinary account of his odyssey with the 101st, Atkinson presents an intimate and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary wars that have become the hallmark of our age. <br /> At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson spent virtually all day every day at Petraeus's elbow in Iraq, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson watches Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums and direct several intense firefights; he watches him teach, goad, and lead his troops and his subordinate commanders. And all around Petraeus, we see the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. <br /> With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us right on the battlefield.<i> In the Company of Soldiers</i> is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.

7 Inside Out

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2010-12-03
Description :  This is a glimpse into my life, including growing up in a rough area of South East London as a child in the 70's, through to the 80's, 90's, and up to the present day. You will join me on a journey that at times will take you on a roller-coaster ride to hell and back, as I try to navigate my way through the dark world of drugs, robbery and other hard core elements of crime and general skulduggery. I will lead you to underworld places that most people wouldn't care or even dare to frequent, from seedy gambling clubs hidden within the labyrinth type back streets of Soho, to the blood stained world of old school gangster activity, and then to the depths of despair whilst locked away within the murky spine-chilling walls of her Majesty's prisons. There are moments when you will laugh with me and laugh at me as I share some of my many fun and sexy times I had whilst going through my teens and early 20's. When you buy this book you'll find it is packed full of sleazy one night stands, punch-ups, burglarys, murderers and the odd attempted murder. Inside Out will have you turning the pages with anticipation right to the end in eagerness to discover what happened next.

8 Un ejército al amanecer

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Military 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-12-15
Description :  Este libro, galardonado con el Premio Pulitzer de Historia 2003, ha sido considerado por el <i>Wall Street Journal</i> como el mejor relato sobre la segunda guerra mundial, desde las obras clásicas de Cornelius Ryan <i>El día más largo</i> y <i>Un puente demasiado lejano</i>. La liberación de Europa y la destrucción del Tercer Reich es una historia épica de valor y sufrimiento, de aciertos, errores y de triunfo final. Pero ningún lector de nuestros días puede entender la victoria de los Aliados sin partir del inmenso drama que se desarrolló en el norte de Africa en 1942 y 1943. El relato de Atkinson comienza con la operación «Antorcha» y la lucha inicial contra los franceses para proseguir con el enfrentamiento de las tropas aliadas con el ejército alemán. En aquel escenario terrible fue donde aquéllas aprendieron el coste de vencer a un enemigo formidable y donde se forjaron la mayoría de los grandes generales de la segunda guerra mundial como Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley o Montgomery frente a guerreros tan prestigiosos como Rommel o Kesselring. Pero más allá de los grandes nombres, Atkinson nos conduce hasta la primera línea de fuego donde el combate, la muerte en las trincheras y las anónimas tragedias comunes a todas las guerras nos muestran el rostro profundamente humano de una batalla crucial para el destino de la civilización. <br />

9 El día de la batalla

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Military 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-12-15
Description :  En <i>Un ejército al amanecer</i> –que fue ganador del Premio Pulitzer de Historia 2003- Rick Atkinson proporcionaba una historia dramática y autorizada del triunfo de los aliados en África del Norte. Ahora, en <i>El día de la batalla</i>, sigue a los reforzados ejércitos norteamericanos y británicos en su camino para invadir Sicilia en julio de 1943 y luego, milla tras milla de sangre, hacia el norte. El resultado de la campaña nunca fue cierto; de hecho, Roosevelt, Churchill y sus consejeros militares se enzarzaron en un acalorado debate sobre si esa invasión era una buena idea. Pero una vez en camino, el compromiso de liberar Italia de los Nazis no flaqueó, a pesar del precio atrozmente alto. Las batallas en Salerno, Anzio, y Monte Cassino fueron particularmente difíciles y mortales pero, sin embargo, con el transcurso de los meses las fuerzas aliadas siguieron empujando a los alemanes hacia el norte de la península italiana. Y con la liberación de Roma, en junio de 1944, la victoria por fin comenzó a parecer inevitable. Utilizando una serie asombrosa de fuentes primarias, y escrito con gran dramatismo y fluidez, este libro constituye una historia narrativa de primera línea.

10 Los cañones del atardecer

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Military 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2014-11-18
Description :  <i>Los cañones del atardecer</i> es una impresionante epopeya sobre el fin de la segunda guerra mundial en Europa, desde Normandía hasta la rendición en Berlín, con la que Rick Atkinson completa su monumental Trilogía de la Liberación, que se inició en 2002 con <i>Un ejército al amanecer</i>, galardonado con el Premio Pulitzer, y siguió en 2007 con <i>El día de la batalla.</i><br /><br /> Atkinson, nacido en una familia de militares y distinguido en 2010 con el premio Pritzker, el más prestigioso de los que se conceden a la literatura sobre temas militares, ha dedicado años a investigar en los más diversos archivos, con un interés especial por la documentación personal de los dirigentes militares, lo que le permite contarnos una historia distinta a la habitual de los «libros de guerra», donde no sólo se nos muestran aspectos ignorados hasta ahora de algunos acontecimientos que pudieron haber mudado el curso de la historia, sino que se presta una especial atención a la vertiente humana de la guerra: a esa combinación de nobleza, maldad y sufrimiento que marcó las vidas de millones de seres humanos y pervivirá para siempre en la historia.

11 D-Day

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Young Adult 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-05-06
Description :  Adapted for young readers from the #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling <i>The Guns at Last Light</i>, <i>D-Day</i> captures the events and the spirit of that day—June 6, 1944—the day that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany's control. They came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. Atkinson skillfully guides his younger audience through the events leading up to, and of, the momentous day in this photo-illustrated adaptation. Perfect for history buffs and newcomers to the topic alike!<br /><br />This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

12 Trilogía de la Liberación (pack)

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Military 
Price :  $25.99
Release Date :  2014-12-15
Description :  La <i>Trilogía de la Liberación</i> es la crónica definitiva sobre la liberación de Europa en la segunda guerra mundial. <i>Un ejército al amanecer</i>. <i>La guerra en el norte de África, 1942-1943</i> -ganadora del premio Pulitzer- , <i>El día de la batalla.</i> <i>La guerra en Sicilia y en Italia, 1943-1944</i> y <i>Los cañones del atardecer. La guerra en Europa, 1944-1945</i> describen las arduas batallas que marcaron la victoria de los Aliados en la segunda guerra mundial. Rick Atkinson narra con exquisito detalle estas batallas y da vida a un importante elenco de personajes.

13 Battle of the Bulge [The Young Readers Adaptation]

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books  Young Adult 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-06-30
Description :  On the 16th of December, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, launching a final bid to turn the tide of World War II. Thus began the long, hard slog of a battle that was nicknamed by the media as the Battle of the Bulge. Lasting more than a month, it led to tens of thousands of casualties. Sir Winston Churchill called it "the greatest American battle of the war and . . . an ever-famous American victory." Atkinson skillfully guides his audience through the attacks and counterattacks, the advances and retreats of this terrible bloodbath. Whether history buffs or newcomers to the topic, young readers will appreciate the author's clear and accessible prose, as well as the many fascinating facts, photographs, and statistics.<br /><br />A historical exploration of World War II's Battle of the Bulge from Pulitzer Prize<i>–</i>winner and <i>New York Times–</i>bestselling author Rick Atkinson.<br /><br />This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

14 Una guerra al tramonto

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2015-04-14
Description :  Mentre la pallida luce dell'alba si diffondeva sulla Manica, un corpo d'invasione composto da centotrentamila unità si apprestava a sbarcare sulle coste della Normandia. Era il 6 giugno 1944, il D-Day, «il giorno più lungo», che avrebbe cambiato il corso della seconda guerra mondiale e della storia del Novecento. «È suonata l'ora per la quale siamo nati» proclamava il «New York Times», l'ora che lasciava intravedere l'inizio della fine della Germania nazista. Ma per i soldati stivati nei mezzi da sbarco, paralizzati dal freddo e dalla paura, che a migliaia sarebbero caduti sulle spiagge presto divenute celebri di Omaha e Utah, l'assalto alla Fortezza Europa era solo all'inizio. Sarebbe trascorso un altro anno prima che nella Berlino circondata dall'Armata rossa il cadavere di Hitler bruciasse in uno squallido cortile. Un anno di combattimenti atroci, di battaglie epocali e di luoghi destinati a rimanere per sempre nella memoria e nella coscienza dell'Occidente: il porto di Cherbourg, la valle del Rodano, i boschi delle Ardenne, le lanche del Reno, la foresta di Hürtgen. La strada verso il cuore del Terzo Reich sarebbe stata ancora lunga e lastricata di incomprensioni, dissidi strategici, rivalità personali oltreché di innumerevoli vite spezzate. Un lungo cammino che avrebbe confermato, ancora una volta, che la guerra non è mai lineare, ma è un'impresa caotica, disordinata, fatta di errori e di slanci, di successi e di rovesci. Dopo Un esercito all'alba, sulla guerra in Nordafrica, e Il giorno della battaglia, sui drammatici mesi della campagna d'Italia, Rick Atkinson ripercorre la storia della liberazione dell'Europa da parte degli Alleati. Basato su documenti d'archivio e fonti di prima mano – lettere, diari, rapporti ufficiali –, Una guerra al tramonto è la narrazione intensa e drammatica di uno sforzo bellico senza precedenti per dimensioni, costi, dispiegamento di materiali, uomini, armi e tecnologie; l'affresco imponente dell'ultimo anno di guerra, in cui alle voci dei politici e dei generali – da Churchill ad Eisenhower, da Patton a Montgomery, a De Gaulle – si affiancano le testimonianze dei soldati e dei corrispondenti dal fronte: un racconto epico e corale per celebrare il coraggio e l'umiltà di quanti cercarono di dare un senso al sacrificio della loro vita.

15 Il giorno della battaglia

Author : Rick Atkinson
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2015-06-23
Description :  Nel luglio 1943 gli Alleati sbarcano sulle coste della Sicilia: un evento che imprimerà una svolta decisiva alle sorti della Seconda guerra mondiale e cambierà per sempre la storia italiana. Ma chi erano quegli uomini che alcuni accolsero come liberatori e altri come occupanti? Quale strategia politica e militare li aveva portati ad attaccare il "ventre molle dell'Europa"? E quanto avrebbe influito la presenza delle forze armate americane e britanniche nella lotta di liberazione? Rick Atkinson ricostruisce - ora per ora, con lo sguardo sempre rivolto al dramma umano dei soldati al fronte - la lenta e sanguinosa lotta delle armate americane e britanniche per aprirsi la strada, combattendo, fino a Roma. Basato su documenti in gran parte inediti e su fonti di prima mano, <i>Il giorno della battaglia</i> non è solo la narrazione intensa e drammatica di una delle campagne militari più avvincenti del secondo conflitto mondiale, ma rappresenta anche l'occasione per ascoltare in presa diretta le voci di alcuni tra i protagonisti della liberazione italiana.



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