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Rick Atkinson closes his war trilogy with 'The Guns at Last Light'
Rick Atkinson closes his war trilogy with 'The Guns at Last Light'

After calling it a masterpiece of deep reporting and powerful storytelling, what more needs to be said of Rick Atkinson's trilogy about World War II? The first volume, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943" received the Pulitzer Prize for history. The second, "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944," concerned a middle section of the war often overlooked by historians. Now comes the finale, "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945." The challenge of the third volume would seem to have differed from that of the first two, which dealt largely with events that, while complex and consequential, are...

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