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Rick Atkinson holds a master of arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago and is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and military historian Atkinson is the author of the highly-acclaimed Liberation Trilogy, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. Atkinson show more received the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943. The second volume, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, drew praise as well. Atkinson also received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting; and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service, awarded to the Washington Post for a series of investigative articles directed and edited by Atkinson on shootings by the District of Columbia police department. He is winner of the 1989 George Polk Award for national reporting, the 2003 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award, the 2007 Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, and the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Atkinson has served as the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College. In 2014 his title The Guns at Last Light made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Rick Atkinson speaks on the HIstory and Biography Stage at the National Book Festival, August 31, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.


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A very personal story of a small group of West Point cadets from the class of 1966, following them from their very first day at West Point, through the Vietnam war. This is a story strictly from the point of view of the soldiers, there is no overall strategy, stories of large battles or much about the political situation. Obviously told from personal recollections (it was written in 1989), this is an excellent soldiers-level history. Very readable and compelling.
Karlstar | 8 other reviews | Nov 17, 2023 |
History told in literary prose. Listened on Audible while driving to Syzygy job. I DO have a physical copy of this book.
tlanson | 60 other reviews | Oct 11, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Author Rick Atkinson can hang his hat on another work of history that does the times and events justice. "The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777" volume one of a three volume series presents us and even-handed look at the Revolutionary War from not just the American perspective, but also the British side of things which does not happen as often as we should wish. From the preamble through the battles of Trenton and Princeton in the winter of 1777.
Atkinson does a good job laying things out for the reader/listener, he uses many different primary sources and weaves the tale alternating between the American and the British side of things fluidly.
The issues that I had with this title are personal in nature. The reader, George Newbern, can read words splendidly, but reading them in a captivating and dramatic fashion do not seem to be his strong suit. Atkinson's writing is more scholarly in nature than popular which can make the writing and listening more difficult to really get into. Everything just seemed real stiff, which doesn't make it bad, it just makes it not great...
Will I read/listen to the next two volumes when they come out? Boy that is the ultimate question when finishing the a first volume. Was it good enough to keep you into it. Well, as I said earlier, it did the events and time justice, did it do it well enough to get me to come back to the table for more. I think so. Would I recommend it to others? I would recommend it, but only to those who have an affinity for the American revolutionary war or those hardcore history people. I give it a three star rating.
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Schneider | 31 other reviews | Oct 3, 2023 |
The author's industry and interests have produced a remarkable history, just as it did in his Liberation Trilogy, in this first volume of a planned three-volume history of the Revolutionary war. I have read other histories of this war, but Atkinson's concerns including, for example, the rebel's difficulty in acquiring gun powder, the effect of smallpox, the absence of appropriate clothing and footwear, the changing affiliations of the citizenry, and the British difficulties of feeding thousands of troops with a supply chain across the Atlantic, all have resulted in an absorbing history that is unusually good at providing the reader with an immediate experience.… (more)
markm2315 | 31 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |



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