Books by Rick Atkinson

D-DAY by Rick Atkinson
Released: May 6, 2014

"Within its limits, a grand and historically significant tale told with dash and authority. (maps, charts, lists of major armies and figures, weaponry, personal supplies, timelines, photos) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
This version of the much-admired The Guns at Last Light (2013) for younger audiences focuses on the drama and the astonishing scale of one of World War II's pivotal operations: the D-Day invasion. Read full book review >
Released: May 14, 2013

"An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton."
Atkinson (The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, 2007, etc.) brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Literate, lucid, fast-paced history—an excellent survey of the Mediterranean campaign."
The liberation of Europe marches on in the second volume of Atkinson's sterling Liberation Trilogy—though readers may sometimes wonder how the Allies ever won. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2004

"Sure to be textbook reading at the Pentagon, but deserving of the widest audience."
A superbly written account of the recent unpleasantness in Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"The most thorough and satisfying history yet of the campaigns in North Africa. (Two 16-page photo inserts, 18 maps)"
First volume in a projected WWII trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Atkinson, who shows North Africa's desert battlefields inspiring America's raw recruits to rise up and defeat Nazi Germany's dangerous professional army. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Military history of a very high order. (Photos and maps—not seen) (First printing of 75,000; first serial to The Washington Post; Main Selection of the History Book Club)"
Exhaustive, albeit consistently absorbing, record of the 42- day Gulf War that offers fresh, often startling, perspectives on the planning and conduct of what the author characterizes as ``a brilliant slaughter.'' Focusing almost entirely on military operations, Pulitzer- winning Washington Post correspondent Atkinson (The Long Gray Line, 1989) provides a chronological account of how the US-led coalition liberated Kuwait. Read full book review >