Book review: Battle of the Bulge, by Rick Atkinson

Atkinson, Rick. Battle of the Bulge. Henry Holt and Company, 2015. 237 pgs. Includes glossary and index. $19.99. ISBN:978-1-62779-113-7. Gr. 7+. P7 Q9

Atkinson Battle of the BulgeMy father was at the Battle of the Bulge; he was just one of the soldiers who helped to fight during World War II. The Battle of the Bulge was Hitler’s last great attempt to throw the invading combined forces, under the leadership of General Eisenhower, out of Europe. Drawing from his troops all over the Europe and secretly amassing them for the battle, Hitler almost accomplished what he set out to do. Thankfully the Allied troops, who were completely surprised, did not get pushed backed but instead turned the flow back on Hitler. Adapting this book from one previously written for adults for young adults, the author has conveyed this battle in clear and thought provoking ways. The use of black and white photographs, maps, aerial photography and interviews are what clinched the book for me. I read with wonder about this surprise attack and the stand that we took to thwart Hitler’s plans.

[Editor’s note: This and companion book, D-Day, are young readers’ adaptations of Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, a trilogy on World War II.]

September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.

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