Saturday, December 31, 2022

Book recommendations


The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson

An Army at Dawn

Day of Battle

The Guns at Last Light

Atkinson is a great writer and a terrific researcher. The books cover, in order, World War II in North Africa, in Italy, and in Western Europe. Despite his tendency to repeat lines or stories he really likes, I thoroughly enjoyed the series. He doesn’t hesitate to point out flops, failures, and errors in judgement. He also gives as much attention to the average GI or Tommy as he does to the leaders. I finished the series with my disdain for Montgomery, and to a lesser extent for Clark reinforced. But all the great generals made errors that cost lives, military and civilian. Every student of military history and WWII buff should read the trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. I have those on my shelf and read them a couple of years ago. My feelings about Montgomery and Clark are about the same as yours.

    My favorite series of WWII books is the "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II" by Samuel Eliot Morison. I first read them in high school in the late 1970s because our small-town public library had a full set. I later purchased my own, and I've re-read the entire series half a dozen times since then. They read like an exciting thriller, even though you already know how it turns out.