|Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):|
I don´t want a novel. I´m looking for serious history
|Quoting trident3 (Reply 1):|
Ah. I was going to reccommend Spike Milligan's autobiographies Mussolini, His Part in my Downfall and Where Have All the Bullets Gone? Very funny books written by someone who was actually there. To be honest I would recommend you read all 5 parts of the trilogy(!) anyway. Starting with Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall. Believe me you won't be disappointed.
|Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):|
I am looking for a good history book on World War Two on Italy. Preferably one that includes everything from the rise of Mussolini to the Allied Invasion and subsequent collpase of Il Duce.
|Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):|
I have a nice personal library devoted to WWII. The Italy part I am just missing.
In An Army at Dawn -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize -- Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.
The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war's most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.
Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.
|Quoting mariner (Reply 3):|
This book is a life of Mussolini, that covers (of course) World War 2:
|Quoting slider (Reply 6):|
I can recommend a few.
First and foremost, one of my favorites, is Rick Atkinson’s ‘The Day of Battle’.
It’s the second volume of a 3-volume series, the so-coined Liberation Trilogy, and the first volume won a Pulitzer for History. It’s an astoundingly well-researched incredibly detailed but captivating account of the battle for Sicily and Italy. I have to say that it’s a HUGE book and I am eagerly awaiting the third and final book. Atkinson is an incredible journalist and his work really translated well into this format. I honestly cannot speak highly enough about it.
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