Rick Atkinson

Easton Press Rick Atkinson books

The Long Gray Line - Signed First Edition - 1989
Crusade - Persian Gulf War - History of American Wars Library - 2002 
 
The Liberation Trilogy including titles:
An Army at Dawn - Volume I
The Day of Battle - Volume II
The Guns at Last Light - Volume III


Rick Atkinson biography

Rick Atkinson, a distinguished American author and journalist, was born on November 16, 1952, in Munich, Germany, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army. Growing up in a military family, Atkinson developed an early interest in history and the complexities of war. Atkinson began his journalism career with the Kansas City Times, where he covered a variety of beats, including local news and sports. His talent for storytelling and keen interest in history paved the way for a successful career as a war correspondent and historian. In the 1980s, Rick Atkinson joined The Washington Post, where he worked as a reporter and editor. His journalism career reached new heights during the Gulf War in 1991 when he won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of the conflict. This experience marked the beginning of his deep engagement with military history and the complexities of warfare.

Atkinson's transition to historical writing was marked by the publication of Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War in 1993. This work showcased his ability to provide both a comprehensive overview and a gripping narrative of significant historical events. His magnum opus, however, came with The Liberation Trilogy, a monumental three-part history of the U.S. military's role in World War II. The trilogy includes An Army at Dawn (2002), The Day of Battle (2007), and The Guns at Last Light (2013). The trilogy received widespread acclaim for its meticulous research, vivid storytelling, and in-depth analysis of the war in North Africa, Italy, and Western Europe.

Rick Atkinson's contributions to the field of military history earned him numerous accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize for History for An Army at Dawn. His works are celebrated not only for their historical accuracy but also for their accessibility to a broad readership, bringing the complexities of war to life. Beyond his writing, Atkinson has been recognized for his dedication to educating the public about history. He has served as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds honorary doctorates from various institutions.

Rick Atkinson's career stands as a testament to the power of narrative history and the importance of understanding the past to inform the present. His works continue to resonate with readers and scholars alike, contributing to a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of war and its profound impact on societies.



The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson

An Army at Dawn

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.

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.

Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.


The Day of Battle - The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

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

In An Army at Dawn winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, 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.

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.

Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history’s most compelling military campaigns.


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

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 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.


Other books by Rick Atkinson


The Long Gray Line - The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

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.


Crusade - The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War

A definitive account of the Gulf War told by Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent Rick Atkinson.

This previously untold story of the US war with Iraq in the early 1990s, Atkinson follows the 42-day war from the first night to the final day, providing vivid accounts of bombing runs, White House strategy sessions, firefights, and bitter internal conflicts.
 
 
 


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