Rick Atkinson turns his attention to the American Revolution

May 18, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books.

One of the great popular historians of our day — certainly in a league with David McCullough and Nathaniel Philbrick — is Rick Atkinson, whose An Army at Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2002. That book was the first of three about fighting in Africa and Europe during World War II. They all are some of the best reading about this subject that you will find anywhere.

Now Atkinson has turned his attention to the American Revolution, and the first volume of his trilogy on that war has just appeared. The book is The British Are Coming, and my copy arrived this week.

Atkinson is a former reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at the Washington Post, where he won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer, for his journalism.

A few years ago, I spent much of the summer reading Atkinson’s World War II trilogy and enjoyed it immensely. His detailed accounts and descriptions of on-the-ground battles and high-level strategy development are first rate. I highly recommend those books, and I am eager to dive into his latest work.

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