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

Author:  Rick Atkinson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 080508861X
ISBN-13: 9780805088618
Sku: 207547051
Publish Date: 9/16/2008
Pages:  791
Age Range:  NA
The second volume in a trilogy chronicling the liberation of Europe during World War II focuses on the Allied campaigns in Sicily and Italy, detailing the bloody battles at Salerno, Anzio, Monte Cassino, and more under the command of controversial Lt. General Mark Clark, as well as the June 1944 liberation of Rome. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. *Author: Atkinson, Rick *Series Title: Liberation Trilogy *Subtitle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 *Publication Date: 2008/09/16 *Number of Pages: 791 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
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“A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sight and sounds of battle.”—The New York Times

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 DAY OF BATTLE, the second volume of Rick Atkinson's ambitious history of World War II (which he calls the Liberation Trilogy), covers the Allied campaign in Italy, beginning in 1943 with the Sicily invasion. Atkinson carefully presents the bloody history of the battles and focuses on the human aspects, with sketches of officers and other soldiers on the front lines, as he conveys a sense of heroism and sacrifice by those who fought and those who fell. He concludes with the capture of Rome in June 1944, just prior to the invasion of Normandy.
Author Bio
Rick Atkinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rick Atkinson wrote lead stories during the Gulf War for the "Washington Post" and has also been the Berlin bureau chief for the "Post".


'[An] empathetic, perceptive analysis....Atkinson makes a convincing case that [the Mediterranean campaign] played a decisive role in breaking German power...." 07/30/2007

"[THE DAY OF BATTLE] chronicles, with all the verve, perception, and insight for which [Rick Atkinson] has become celebrated, the painful advance of Allied forces from the beaches of Sicily to the grand piazzas of Rome." - Max Hastings 04/03/2008

"Vivid and humane, [THE DAY OF BATTLE] is deeply researched, using many primary sources based on diaries and letters home." - Raleigh Trevelyan October 2007

" described by Rick Atkinson with a brilliance that makes his book one of the truly outstanding records of the Second World War." - Michael Howard 06/27/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0791
Product attributePublisher:   Henry Holt & Company
Product attributeSeries Part:   02
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