An Army at Dawn

An Army at Dawn

The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy

By Rick Atkinson; Atkinson

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805062885, 704pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2002



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

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.

About the Author
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 two Pulitzer Prizes 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.

Kate Atkinson has won several prizes for her short stories. Her first novel, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Award and was then chosen as the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. Her critically acclaimed second novel was "Human Croquet.

Praise For An Army at Dawn

Praise for The Long Gray Line:

"As masterfully executed as it was conceived."
-Nicholas Proffit, The Philadelphia Inquirer (front page)

"A story of epic proportions . . . An awesome feat of
biographical reconstruction."
-Cullen Murphey, The Boston Globe

"Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelist's
brilliance, the pages literally hurry before one . . . A very
moving book."
-James Salter, The Washington Post Book World