The Rising Tide

The Rising Tide

A Novel of World War II

Book - 2006
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A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II. With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict.

As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line. When Germany's ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with their British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.

Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa and the rugged countryside of Sicily, Shaara tells this story through the voices of this conflict's most heroic figures, some familiar, some unknown. As British and American forces strike into the "soft underbelly" of Hitler's Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus. In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen. In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon: the paratrooper. As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of France, at a seaside resort called Normandy.

More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown: the as-yet obscure administrator Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war; his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery. In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Erwin Rommel, the battlefield genius known as "the Desert Fox," a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war. From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara's stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail.

A new level of accomplishment from this already acclaimed author, The Rising Tide will leave readers eager for the next volume of this superb saga of the war that saved and changed the world.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345461414
Branch Call Number: FICTION Shaara Jeff
Characteristics: xxxvi, 536 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.


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As the forces of Nazi Germany overrun the nations of Europe and America is drawn into the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, American troops and their British allies launch a campaign to stop Hitler on battlefields ranging from the deserts of North Africa to the rugged mountains of Sicily.

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May 25, 2016

The Rising Tide. --- by. --- Jeff Shaara.
It might be argued, that the major turning point of World War II was a monstrous battle fought at Stalingrad. If that is the case then the second most important battles were those fought in North Africa. The names of the commanders of those dayshave become the stuff of legend: Rommel, Kesselring, Eisenhower, Patton; names that are to go on in the final battle for victory in Europe. This novel, Is just that, a novel of historical fiction based True events that True events and as such they present events and lime The people, in a way that no biographies no history's camp The people, in a way that no biographies no history's can. Shaara tells a compelling story and he does it in a way that makes it difficult, impossible, to put the book down. For those with an interest in the actions of men at war; for those with an interest in what transpired on those pivotal months in the desert, this is the book that will surely hold their attention.

May 16, 2011

Shaara moves into the Second World War with this exceptional novel, using his fine sense of character and style as he explores the North African and Sicily campaigns primarily from the point of view of both sides. I recommend this one.


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