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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (2002)

by Rick Atkinson

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Not having known much about the Second World War in Africa, I found this fascinating. Atkinson pulls no punches about the foibles of various commanders and the horror of war. Very readable history with very helpful maps. ( )
  Maya47Bob46 | Jan 17, 2015 |
It was moderately interesting. I read it mainly because I knew little about the war in North Africa. The author told the history in an engaging manner which brought out the personalities involved. Thankfully, he concentrated more on the people and the problems in turning a peacetime US into a war machine than the details of each and every battle. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
A lively account of the actions from November 1942 to May of 1943, as the American Army of WWII has its baptism of fire. I found it to be fast paced and fair. Perhaps weak on analysis of the German Army... ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 7, 2014 |
This book is a great read on the first US involvement in WW2 for any history or military buff. It's also an excellent introduction to WW2 for anyone interested in first-class writing on the subject. This is history the way I want to read it, the big picture but with enough detail and research to keep you interested. ( )
  rbanks1 | Feb 7, 2014 |
Excellent book and author, could be compared to Antony Beevor and thats not a bad thing. Excellent combination of strategic and men on the ground accounts. Interesting story of how the US armed forces were blooded and had to learn the art of war so to speak and launched the ascension of the US as a superpower. ( )
  Luftwaffe_Flak | Feb 6, 2014 |
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In An Army at Dawn,, a comprehensive look at the 1942-1943 Allied invasion of North Africa, author Rick Atkinson posits that the campaign was, along with the battles of Stalingrad and Midway, where the "Axis ... forever lost the initiative" and the "fable of 3rd Reich invincibility was dissolved." Additionally, it forestalled a premature and potentially disastrous cross-channel invasion of France and served as a grueling "testing ground" for an as-yet inexperienced American army. Lastly, by relegating Great Britain to what Atkinson calls the status of "junior partner" in the war effort, North Africa marked the beginning of American geopolitical hegemony. Although his prose is occasionally overwrought, Atkinson's account is a superior one, an agile, well-informed mix of informed strategic overview and intimate battlefield-and-barracks anecdotes. (Tobacco-starved soldiers took to smoking cigarettes made of toilet paper and eucalyptus leaves.) Especially interesting are Atkinson's straightforward accounts of the many "feuds, tiffs and spats" among British and American commanders, politicians, and strategists and his honest assessments of their--and their soldiers'--performance and behavior, for better and for worse. This is an engrossing, extremely accessible account of a grim and too-often overlooked military campaign. --H. O'Billovich

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The first volume in a three volume work about the liberation of Europe opens in North Africa in 1942 and charts America's rise to world-power status by its involvement in a war on two fronts.

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