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.