Rick Atkinson

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

These three books illuminate different aspects of World War II using diaries, letters, and memoirs to capture what the war meant for people caught up in it.

Essay
Jul/Aug
2013
Rick Atkinson

If Operation Overlord failed, the entire Allied enterprise in World War II faced abject collapse. This new history of the events leading up to D-Day explains why, and what the preparations for success actually involved.

Review Essay
May/Jun
1994
Eliot A. Cohen

ARCHIVE: A 1994 review of General Norman Schwarzkopf's memoir of the Gulf War and several others. The books revealed just how much the war's initial reportage missed and replaced facile accounts with tempered, nuanced looks at the war's strategy, incendiary personalities, and massive logistics challenges.