Monday, December 17, 2007

WW II: Liberation Trilogy

The Series Continues
Wars are often compared to intersections because after one is over, the civilizations involved go off in different directions. The new directions ultimately cause all of us to change. The war in this book is WWII, the book's author is Rick Atkinson, and the book is second in the author's Liberation Trilogy.

The Day of Battle, The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 is a hard-to-put-down book about WW II's Mediterranean Campaign; i.e., battles in Sicily and Italy. Rick Atkinson -- a Washington Post guy with a Pulitzer for Army at Dawn (North Africa Campaign)-- has unearthed and reveals details about building combat effectiveness, misjudgments, and offers us an eerie awareness of the price paid along the way. Atkinson also makes a convincing case that the Mediterranean Campaign played a decisive role in breaking German power.