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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The… (original: 2013; edição: 2013)

de Rick Atkinson (Autor)

Séries: Liberation Trilogy (3)

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Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.This book is 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 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. - Publisher.… (mais)
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Título:The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 3)
Autores:Rick Atkinson (Autor)
Informação:Henry Holt and Co. (2013), 896 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:wwii, army, amphibious-warfare, wwii-western-front, wwii-eto, currently-reading, own-it

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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 de Rick Atkinson (2013)

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Of course it's a massive story — from OVERLORD, or D-Day 1944, to Armistice — but Rick Atkinson gives it nuance, detail and sweep. As I read the Liberation Trilogy, I was often reminded of Shelby Foote's 3-volume narrative history of the Civil War. We meet one interesting character after another, all seemingly flawed, just as much of the victorious war effort was in WW2. Going in I had no idea of the conflict among the allied generals, and Atkinson is unafraid to show us their egos and eccentricities ... as well as their elan. Eisenhower chain-smoking without extended innuendo about Kay Summersby — that's refreshing. Interweaving journal entries and personal letters — that's human. Coverage of moral and physical atrocities, fratricide and other horrors of war — one would think we would have had quite enough of war by then.

This series was a major time commitment, but well worth it. Now on to Atkinson's new series covering the Revolutionary War! ( )
  markburris | Jul 11, 2021 |
An excellent finish to the Liberation Trilogy. This book does a greatt job of showing the totality of the big picture in Western Europe from 1944 to 1945. Nearly everyone knows D-Day, Market-Garden, and the Bulge. Many know Falaise, the Hurtgen Forest, and Remagen. Fewer know the events that connect those battles, creating the narrative of the war in Western Europe. This books biggest strength is in paying attention to those events and thereby creating a continuous narrative in a way that I've yet to see in another work.

There is only one real criticism that I can level against the book, and that's one of style. I'd love to recommend this trilogy to people interested in learning more about WWII, but the author has an unfortunate tendency to show off his vocabulary. I suppose as a professional journalist, he has felt constrained by the need to write to an 8th grade level for most publications. Unfortunately, this has led to him using a great number of words for which most will need to reach for a dictionary. It would be one thing if the words were indeed a better choice than a simpler word choice would have been, but not once did I find that to be the case.

Overall though, it's a great book, and was worth the wait. ( )
  Fulminata | Apr 19, 2021 |
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  DCavin | Feb 21, 2019 |
A tremendous end to a sublime trilogy. So well researched and put together. Atkinson's passion really shines in this work. From the historical lessons to the candid personal, raw emotions from all those who participated, it is a book series that should be read by everyone. ( )
  VinceLaFratta | Sep 25, 2018 |
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Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.This book is 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 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. - Publisher.

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