An Army at Dawn

The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

Atkinson, Rick

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
An Army at Dawn
An account of the World War II campaign in Morocco and Algeria. Operation Torch, as it was called, became a proving ground where American officers learned to lead, soldiers learned to hate, and an entire army learned what it would take to defeat a formidable enemy.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2003
Edition: 1st Owl Books ed
ISBN: 0805087249
Branch Call Number: 940.5423 A
Characteristics: xv, 681 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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Jan 28, 2014
  • Taweel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent history even if the author sometimes stretches poetic license a bit too far. Extremely readable and engaging, it builds character and plot as well as any novel but maintains the right perspective to contextualize even the most personal of events.

Note that this book is almost completely focused on the American experience during the war.

Oct 19, 2013
  • nelson21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly excellent book which brings to life some of the key individuals who helped shape the world as it is today. Quite magnificently written and well worth the time of anyone who is in the slightest bit interested in recent history.

The only drawback is that some 'idiotic vandal' had decided to scribble in pencil on many of the pages of this book. I suspect that the ‘vandal’ found this book too difficult to read and so might be happier with picture books in future.

Jul 20, 2011
  • Indigo_Tiger_8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing, and sets the standard for military history. It gives an amazing review of the great battles and personalities that have occupied North Africa in WWII.

Dec 06, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer prize for history.


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