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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
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Jan 16, 12

it was amazing

Jeff Shaara is the master at historical fiction, and this first book in his WW2 trilogy reinforces that claim. The Rising Tide deals with the efforts of the Allies to control territory in northern Africa in 1942 and 1943. We are introduced to characters such as Patton, Montgomery, Eisenhower, and a cast of lesser known but just as important men who contributed to the Allied victories in Africa. The battle then shifts to Sicily and to Italy and sets the reader up for Book 2 in the trilogy.

This is a very readable account of this phase of the war. Shaara takes what could be some pretty dry material and makes it very accessible to the average reader. Though he takes liberties with the dialogue between the principal players, he gets the essentials of the battles and strategies of both sides of the war correct.

A great read for anyone wanting to learn more about this phase of the war without having to take class on it.
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