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Rick Atkinson: The Guns at Last Light

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 is the final book in Rick Atkinson's critically acclaimed "Liberation Trilogy."

The first book in the series, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943, won a Pulitzer Prize for History and was a New York Times best seller, as was the second book, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944.

The Guns at Last Light tells the story of generals and grunts, of battles and liberation in the ETO from operation Overlord — the D-Day invasion of Europe — to the final surrender of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers, and the Allies’ triumphant victory in Europe. The book includes includes 80 black and white photographs, some of which have never been seen before, as well as 29 original maps drawn by master cartographer Gene Thorp, whose maps were featured in the previous volumes.

Rick Atkinson is a former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, his many awards include the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.

The Museum & Library's book club read The Guns at Last Light for its August 3 meeting. View discussion questions here.