Rick Atkinson

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From D-Day to V-Day

In partnership with the Boshell Family Lecture Series for World Art and Archaeology

With the paperback release of Rick Atkinson’s highly regarded book The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945, readers can celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day by brushing up on the dramatic story of the U.S. Army’s involvement in the battle for Western Europe. In the third installment of his Liberation trilogy (previous volumes are An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle), Atkinson covers D-Day to V-Day and the final events of World War II.

The narrative begins with the brutal fight in Normandy, and then leads to the liberation of Paris, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the collapse of the Third Reich. All of these historic events come alive with a mesmerizing cast of characters. The New York Times refers to Atkinson as “a master of what might be called ‘pointillism history’ by assembling the small dots of pure color into a vivid, tumbling narrative.” This final volume is a literary triumph (the paperback version is 928 pages long!), worthy of the military triumph it explores.

Atkinson’s passion for military history may be due to his experience as a reporter, foreign correspondent, war correspondent, and senior editor at the Washington Post for more than 20 years. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., and is an adjunct faculty member at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches strategic leadership.

Book Combo tickets are available and include one paperback copy of The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson and priority access to the book signing.
Book Combo Public $53, Book Combo DMA Partner $48, Book Combo Student $33

Auditorium tickets are sold out for this event; however, a live video-simulcast of the event as it is happening inside Horchow Auditorium will be made available in the adjacent C3 Theater. Simulcast ticket holders may have a chance to buy an upgraded ticket to the auditorium if seats become available, on a first-come, first-served basis. On the night of the event, please check in with the Arts & Letters Live box office about seating availability. Thank you!

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Public $35; DMA Partner, Active Military, and Veteran $30; Student $15, Live Simulcast $15