The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (Volume Two of The Liberation Trilogy)

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Literate, lucid, fast-paced history—an excellent survey of the Mediterranean campaign.
-Kirkus

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In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy

In An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.

 

About Rick Atkinson

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Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, and In the Company of Soldiers. He was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published October 2, 2007 by Henry Holt and Co.. 817 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent

Literate, lucid, fast-paced history—an excellent survey of the Mediterranean campaign.

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NY Times

Good
on Sep 30 2007

...there are few to match Atkinson’s writing style. “The Day of Battle” is a very fine book indeed.

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NY Times

Good
on Sep 28 2007

Mr. Atkinson, a longtime correspondent and editor for The Washington Post, conveys all of this with sharp-edged immediacy and a keen eye for the monstrous and the absurd.

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USA Today

Above average
on Oct 11 2007

The Day of Battle would be harder to read if Atkinson did not leaven the war's horrors with its consolations: the beauty and history of the countryside, the smell of its flowers, the taste of its wines.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
on Oct 19 2007

Countless books have been written about World War II. Yet it is Atkinson, through his research and narratives, who has set himself apart...No finer writer may have ever set pen to paper about the totality of war.

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PopMatters

Good
on Dec 13 2007

Lucid and focused, The Day of Battle only whets the appetite for Atkinson’s third installment, on the Normandy invasion and the drive toward Germany.

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The Millions

Above average
on Mar 29 2008

...it comes to seem incredibly remote from life in the present. Even when Atkinson describes what happened to various notable generals after the war, it is difficult to comprehend that they ever had lives outside of it...

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California Literary Review

Good
on Nov 14 2007

The author gives an excellent account of the hard winter war that was meanwhile being waged a little farther inland.

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World War II Database

Good
on Apr 18 2011

Throughout the book, before Atkinson dove into some of the locations in Italy...he introduced them by reciting their historical, biblical, or mythological importance...they added an interesting dimension to the book, and I enjoyed them very much.

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