Disappointed in myself that I waited so long to read this outstanding book. This is the first of a trilogy that covers the United States military in Europe in World War II. This book was a detailed look at the North African campaign and it is fascinating. Atkinson does a great job looking at the personalities on all sides as well as the military maneuvers. What struck me most about the story was the fact that the U.S. military was so unprepared for the actual fighting in terms of logistics, experience, and the aggressiveness needed to win. We always have this image of the American military giant, but this story shows that North Africa was basically school for our military and the lessons learned would help in Europe in the years ahead.