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.
Rick Atkinson’s final installment in the Liberation trilogy--The Guns at Last Light—takes the reader to the front with which most are familiar: Western Europe.
From D-Day to V-E Day, Atkinson shows us the grueling fight to save the continent through the eyes of president, general, and soldier alike. The narrative is powerful and gripping, and Atkinson recounts history with compassion, bluntness, and humor in turns. Atkinson gives us faces and personalities to go with both legendary and common men.
This is history at its best: comprehensive, but not dry; sensitive, but pointed; poetic and absorbing. The Guns at Last Light is a fitting conclusion to an excellent trilogy.