An Army at Dawn

  • by Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by Rick Atkinson
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the first volume of a remarkable trilogy, Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson provides the definitive history of the second world war in North Africa. The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is an epic story of courage and calamity, of miscalculation and enduring triumph. An Army at Dawn begins on the eve of Operation TORCH, the daring amphibious invasion of Morocco and Algeria. After three days of hard fighting against the French, American, and British troops push deeper into North Africa.
But the confidence gained after several early victories soon wanes; casualties mount rapidly; battle plans prove ineffectual, and hope for a quick and decisive victory evaporates. The Allies discover that they are woefully unprepared to fight and win this war. North Africa becomes a proving ground: it is here that American officers learn how to lead, here that soldiers learn how to hate, here that an entire army learns what it will take to vanquish a formidable enemy.
Many great battle captains emerged in North Africa, including Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and Montgomery. Atkinson brings these commanders vividly to life. He takes us to the front lines of every major battle - from Oran to Kasserine to Tunis. In North Africa, the Allied coalition came into its own, the enemy forever lost the initiative, and the United States - for the first time - began to act like a great power.
Atkinson casts a clear eye on the dark tragedies that haunt every war. The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn is history of the highest order - brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization.


What the Critics Say

"[An] intellectually convincing and emotionally compelling narrative." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating story...that is hard to stop reading, even though one knows the outcome." ( Library Journal)
"An absolute masterpiece....This book is storytelling - and history - at its most riveting." (Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A must read.

Well written, well researched book. Draws you in and makes it very easy to understand the events. Nice to have an account from the allied point of view.
Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the second world war or indeed military history.
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- J. P. Kennedy

Heavy duty history

This book is not for all military history buffs. The reading can be dense at time, not boring, just full of facts and details. It is very well written and is the result of a vast amount of well thought out and organized research. Although it has some, I wish it were laiden with more personal accounts and quotes which gives you more a feeling of being told a story rather than reading history.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-12-2002
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio