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The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy) Paperback – September 16, 2008
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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2007: Topping a Pulitzer Prize-winning effort is tough; finding originality in a World War II narrative is even tougher. Yet Rick Atkinson accomplishes both with The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. His previous work, An Army at Dawn, won the 2003 Pulitzer in history, but Atkinson has managed to set the bar even higher with his second installment in "The Liberation Trilogy." He descends upon each battlefield with rich historical perspective, tactical analysis, and chilling frontline observations. Cocksure Hollywood bravado is sparse, as Atkinson depicts soldiers fighting for honor, not glory. "We did it because we could not bear the shame of being less than the man beside us," explains one soldier's diary. "We fought because he fought; we died because he died." The result is an incredible portrayal of the courage, sorrow, and determination that came to define our greatest generation. --Dave Callanan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Majestic... Atkinson's achievement is to marry prodigious research with a superbly organized narrative and then to overlay the whole with writing as powerful and elegant as any great narrative of war.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“A triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle.” ―The New York Times
“In The Day of Battle, Rick Atkinson picks up where he left off in An Army at Dawn, his history of the North African campaign, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. A planned third volume, on the Normandy invasion and the war in Europe, will complete The Liberation Trilogy, which is shaping up as a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written, thick with unforgettable description and rooted in the sights and sounds of battle . . . He excels at describing the furor of battle, and the Italian campaign provides him with abundant raw material. . . Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for The Washington Post, conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd.” ―William Grimes, The New York Times
“Monumental … With this book, Rick Atkinson cements his place among America's great popular historians, in the tradition of Bruce Catton and Stephen Ambrose.” ―The Washington Post
“A very fine book …. Anyone who devoured An Army at Dawn with relish will be delighted with Atkinson's account of the Sicilian and Italian campaign.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“[A] fascinating account of the war in Sicily and Italy.” ―USA Today
“Gripping …. [Atkinson] combines an impressive depth of research with a knack for taut, compelling narrative.” ―Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
“Splendid … the infantrymen who did the fighting will grab at readers' hearts.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“With The Day of Battle, Atkinson again proves himself to stand among the ranks of our most talented popular historians … Required reading for anyone with an interest in the battles of World War II.” ―Austin American-Statesman
“A seamless, stunning narrative that is the equal of An Army at Dawn …. Atkinson's success lies in his ability to render bare war's wretched realities in astounding prose.” ―Contra Costa Times
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The Italian campaign cost a great number of lives, and Atkinson doesn't disrespect their sacrifice; however, I had a difficult time connecting with the flow of events - the terrain, the battles, and the personalities of the different "players" - American, German, and Italian...I thought the sidelight on Mussolini was great, but too short...and the disposition of troops and the campaign after Rome / D-day was non-existent - although the Italian campaign continued to the end of the war...
In short, I didn't think the book "sucked me in" to the sense of battle - as the first book did...
I still recommend it - but not as enthusiastically as I recommended "An Army at Dawn"...
Imagine my shock of recognition, and my gratitude for Rick Atkinson magnificent second World War II book, "The Day of Battle: The War In Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944". Rick's descriptions of that campaign, are as spot-on, clear, clear concise and enormously descriptive. Having seen that beautiful and awfully forbidding terrain, I found his descriptions more than adequate, they are unmatched in their narrative power to inform and to engage the reader emotionally and spiritually in recalling what mere human beings, on both sides, were able to will themselves to accomplish in a great moral cataclysm.
Those personal notes aside, Rick Atkinson's WWII trilogy is, in all three volumes, a masterpiece. The North African and Sicily campaigns are also wonderfully described.
I have only a small quibble, Atkinson did not give much attention to the war in central and northern Italy, after Rome was taken by the Allies. In my Italy trips, I stayed for several days in an old medieval mountaintop town, Civitella in Val D'Chiana, near Arezzo. In 1944, the German Herman Goring Division massacred 244 citizens of that town in retaliation for the killing of two German soldiers by partisans. Some description of that desultory and wearisome campaign, after Rome, highlighting sacrifices suffered by the Italian people, could have been useful.
I hope that Atkinson is now applying his enormous writing talent to the Pacific campaigns of WWII.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a casual interest in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
The story is rich with information on the participants, but not so that it bogs down as a biography might. The battles are well described in great detail, but no so much as to lose the big picture.
The only downside are getting to the maps. As I read the text, I would like to follow along on the maps, but having a kindle makes that difficult. I wish I could jump back and forth from a map, as though I had a scrap of paper as a book mark. If that possible, it is well hidden.