The Guns at Last Light Book Reviews

Rick Atkinson

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The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

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, in The Guns at Last Light, 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.

One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

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Book Name The Guns at Last Light
Genre History
Language English
E-Book Size 18.96 MB

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Atkinson. Great finish to his WWII trilogy. Presents a lot of new information.

The Guns at Last Light. Excruciating detail rendered almost unreadable by the author's vocabulary. Never uses a simple word, when an obscure word will suffice.

Battlefields well trod. The third book of Atkinson's WWII trilogy walks over ground previously covered by decades of authors, occasionally finding a new artifact, but often pointing out familiar landmarks and then moving on. Like the generals we first meet in his gripping book on the North African campaign and then follow into Sicily and Italy in his much needed second book on that less chronicled, bloody slog up the peninsula; Atkinson seems worn down by the time we break out of Normandy. The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far captured the the sweep of the big battles in more detail. He does fill a void with his narrative of the all-but-forgotten campaign up the Rhone from Southern France; and his painful account of the brutal, final pounding of Germany in the spring of '45 holds its own with any other history I have seen. But this is the lesser... the least ... of the three volumes. What Atkinson does bring is a much appreciated journalist's verdict to his profiles of the commanders. He treats the heroes with an even and sometimes critical eye. He also names the names of those forgotten generals whom history has passed over because they were weak or vain or failures. He also holds up a few commanders who should be better remembered than they are today. I own the other two volumes in hardback and I must complain that the maps on an iPad are far too small to be of any use, a real problem for a military history. If there was a way to scale them up, I could not find it. On the other hand, the digital book brought great power to bear on the author's sometimes overwrought vocabulary. It was much easier to keep moving when a definition was only a tap away. If you, too, have spent years with the histories of this war, this volume is a return trip to familiar fields. Ah yes, we observe: Monty is still the vain rooster; the French remain blustering, incompetent warriors; Patton is still the dashing, but bloody, warrior; the Germans still lose while fighting with better weapons than anybody else. And, somehow, Ike manages to hold it together.

Bringing to life on a visceral level the reality of war. Bringing to life a period in time that perhaps is forgotten, overlooked and taken for granted. A visceral connection is made through by showing the reality of an unconscionable war fought by men and women whose sacrifices would be unimaginable today. If anything else this trilogy helps keep their legacy alive and extremely relevant.

The Guns at Last Light. Tell "Crabomatic" that you'd have to be uninformed and/or a moron to buy this book in any other form but hard or soft cover. The need to back reference maps or read footnotes adds so much to the richness and profundity of the read. Someone who feels Atkinson should receive every literary award available.

Guns at Last Light. Very well written final work in what is a definitive study of WW II. Atkinson writes history in a clear voice that is both detailed and entertaining. This book was hard to put down.

The best was saved for last. I truly enjoyed reading Atkinson's WWII trilogy, laced with the excitement of eventual Allied victory and the myriad setbacks and mistakes that permeate all extended battles. The shortcomings of the commanders in war are related in all too human terms, as are those of the enlisted men serving under them. I recommend reading all the books of the series, since one cannot understand the success of D-Day without reading of the learning experience of North Africa and Italy. Well done.

A Superb Reflection of WWII History. Atkinson demonstrates an amazing ability to take the reader through not only battlefields across the European theater, but also into the minds of those who fought it. Of importance, we learn what Soldiers from all walks of life were thinking, including their triumphs and tragedies. We also see how very human, and sometimes very flawed, generals and senior leaders prosecuted the war. Yet, the Allies found ways to preserve unity of effort to overcome humanity’s greatest threat. A must read and more importantly, lessons we must never forget.

The Guns at Last Light. A remarkably detailed look at WWII in Europe. There is much insight about the interaction of the Allies from Normandy to the collapse of the Axis on V-E day. One is reminded that with history there are only two outcomes: study history, or repeat it. Highly recommended.

The Guns at Last Light. Want to read the last book of the trilogy but will wait for the price to drop to 10.00. More than enough for a digital copy.

Outstanding book. Very detailed and enlightening book. the research involved is mind boggling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely read other works by this author.

Staggering price is RIGHT. Why does a 400 page digital document need to be priced at $20.00?

The Guns at Last Light. A detailed and impeccably researched account of the allied political and military leaders in Africa & Europe during WWII. The writing is first class and richly deserving of the many award and accolades awarded to the author. This book pays homage to the efforts and sacrifice of so many during the war.

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