An army at dawn book review

But I came away from Academically Adrift with the unpleasant sense that its authors had put their fingers on an ugly truth: I hate flipping to the back of the book anyway, so consider me a fan of the footnote at the bottom of the page. Plus Eisenhower had learned his first lessons on how to run a war.

It makes it hard to go back and forth, though at least the page numbers are given so it is a bit easier to find them.

A Review of An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson

North Africa is where the prodigious weight of American industrial might began to tell, where brute strength emerged as the most conspicuous feature of the Allied arsenal -- although not, as some historians suggest, its only redeeming feature.

When I asked three very different kinds of readers -- one young psychologist with a soft spot for the traditional narrative, one writer with a penchant for the avant-garde, and one professor rubberbanding somewhere in between -- what was the best example of an American piecemeal novel, each answered immediately: He continued to argue that "defeat of Germany means defeat of Japan, probably without firing a shot or losing a life.

An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson is a comprehensive look at this campaign. The book lacks any kind of conventional plot in favor of these flashes of life from an over-worked, often-drinking collector of stories.

He had repudiated an American military tradition of annihilation, choosing to encircle the enemy and hack at his limbs rather thrust directly at his heart. Arum and Roksa argue that we can do much better — and that, in fact, we must.

What narrative strategy is more accurate in portraying a country in the wake of Watergate, of Vietnam? The desolate landscape was "cluttered with wrecked German and American airplanes, burned out vehicles, abandoned tanks, [and] scattered shell cases," Robinett reported.

To deal with the inevitable traffic fatalities a sliding scale of reparations was established, paid the oversize French currency GIs called wallpaper: I heartily recommend this human, sensitive, unpretentious work. The most thorough and satisfying history yet of the campaigns in North Africa.

From a young, inexperienced force that had never seen battle before, the U. Ultimately, the overwhelming materiel superiority of the Allies was defining.

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

Atkinson has served as an imbedded reporter in Iraqso, besides gaining street cred for himself, the successors seem likely to benefit from firsthand knowledge of combat and the the camaraderie and tensions of army life.

He heard gunfire and a machine gun overlooking the road killed two soldiers and wounded two more.An Army at Dawn is the first book in a trilogy, where Rick Atkinson covers the liberation of Europe during World War II.

This book covers the Allied landings in North Africa, starting in until the Allied victory on the Axis forces in Tunisia, ending in /5(K).

A Review of An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson

Aug 27,  · An Army at Dawn is an incredibly well-researched book. Besides the pages of reading there is an additional pages of notes and sources as well as an index.

Besides the pages of reading there is an additional pages of notes and sources as well as an index. An Army at Dawn: Book summary and reviews of An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson. An Army at Dawn takes us as far as Montgomery's defeat of Rommel and the liberation of Africa.

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Then the Allies as Atkinson will do in his next book looked northward to another continent. Then the Allies as Atkinson will do in his next book looked northward to another continent.

An Army at Dawn has 13, ratings and reviews. Matt said: My first introduction to the U.S. Army’s invasion of North Africa in World War II came fro /5. An Army at Dawn takes us as far as Montgomery's defeat of Rommel and the liberation of Africa.

Then the Allies as Atkinson will do in his next book looked northward to another continent. Then the Allies as Atkinson will do in his next book looked northward to another continent.

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