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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    ...and we were pretty bad

    Great insight and background of the beginning of WWII and the challenges and difficulties getting it together. I have read a great many books about WWI and American's battles, but from late 1943 to victory. The author explains very well what rough go it was in the first year. You need to read this book to have a complete picture of WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Army at Dawn fufills its purpose

    Atkinson wrote this book to inspire and inform the world of this great part of history. He succeded. I am an avid WWII reader and I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about our great military history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    On the way to Victory!!

    Rick Atkinson's An Army At Dawn is a great researched, well written account of the campaign in North Africa from November 1942, to the final battle in May 1943. The book explores the failures and triumphs of the Allies in North Africa; and how they overcame these failures to finally push the Axis powers out of Africa. In the book, we also see the rise of Eisenhower as a Commander of the allied forces. Eisenhower, a man commanding an army of American and British troops that had commanders with more experience than the commander-in-chief himself, made early mistakes, but through those short comings rose to become the leader of the Allies that would ultimatly conquer Nazi Germany. Atkinson does a great job at telling the story of how Eisenhower went through his transition from a typical Army officer, to a Commander of the allied forces, and leader of these forces in North Africa. Atkinson also tells the story of the Rivalries between British Commanders and American commanders; from Monty, Alexander, Anderson; to Patton, Bradley and Allen. These rivalries, thank Goodness, were overcome, and the allies became a fine fighting force in the last month of the Tunisian campaign that defeated the Axis, from the Battle of Mareth, to the Battle of Hill 609(Or Hill 606, after Allen's artillery took 3 meters off).For world war 2 fanatics, it is important to understand the North African campaign, because it was here that the US Army grew into the fighting force that is Today's best Army in the world, and how the growing pains of the US Army in North Africa would lead the Allies to victory in Italy, and Western Europe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    I Can't Wait to Read the Next Book in this Trilogy!

    A great book. Had insightful connections about the North African campaign. The book was amazing and I hope to read the next book and find out its release date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Superb tome

    By 1942 the allies fighting force consisted of an out of date American military that lacked weaponry and experience, and a British army that had tasted defeat after defeat. It is the Tunisian Campaign in North Africa that hits home how poorly prepared the United States is as they battle the Germans. However, the author contends the war in North Africa is the turning point with changes in leadership, tactics, and weapons. In other words, this is the first effort to modernize the American military with ruthless leadership that under stood men die, but sends those men into helpless scenarios as part of an overall strategy with the United States as the senior ally with improved weapons to compete with the German tanks, etc. For it is in the desert that the Americans begin to end the mythos of the Nazi invincibility and start the path towards superpower.<P> AN ARMY AT DAWN, the first book in the ¿Liberation Trilogy¿ is a powerful look at World War II in North Africa during the early to middle stages of the war. The book grips the reader with easy to grasp data and even more intriguing anecdotes that make it difficult to put down especially when the author provides insight into leaders like Patton. Even more enlightening is Rick Atkinson¿s defense of his hypothesis that this is the theater in which the dawning of modern America as a superpower occurs. The book World War II buffs, military aficionados, and anyone who appreciates a deep look at cause and effect will appreciate this superb tome from the author of THE LONG GRAY LINE.<P> Harriet Klausner

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