The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park announces a free presentation by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Atkinson will discuss "The Guns at Last Light," the final installment in his epic “Liberation Trilogy” about World War II. Cantigny will be his first stop after the book’s official release May 14, kicking off a national book tour.
His new work portrays Western Europe from 1944-1945, taking readers through D-Day, the liberation of Paris, Operation Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge and the fall of the Third Reich. The dramatic narrative is told through a wide variety of first-hand accounts, ranging from generals to riflemen.
Atkinson is the bestselling author of "An Army at Dawn," volume one of the trilogy and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2003. Volume two, "The Day of Battle," was released in 2007. Other works by Atkinson include "The Long Gray Line," "In the Company of Soldiers" and "Crusade."
Atkinson won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1982 while on staff with The Kansas City Times. In 1999, he won his second Pulitzer, for Public Service, with The Washington Post. Atkinson’s career at the Post spanned 25 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor.
Atkinson will speak May 15 at Le Jardin, the banquet and restaurant space inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. A book signing will follow, and copies of "The Guns at Last Light" will be available for purchase.
Admission and parking are complimentary for this event at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road. For more information, call 630-260-8227.
The program is part of the First Division Museum’s series "A Date with History." The monthly programs feature an evening of discussion with authors, panelists, historians and special speakers. Information about upcoming programs is online at www.firstdivisionmuseum.org.
About the First Division Museum
The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, part of the nonprofit Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, promotes public learning about America’s military heritage through the history of the “Big Red One” – the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. It stands in tribute to all who have served the U.S. in the armed forces.
The museum’s main exhibit hall transports visitors to the trenches of World War I, the beaches of World War II and the jungles of Vietnam. Outside, tanks are displayed from every era, along with personnel carriers and artillery. The Robert R. McCormick Research Center, open to the public, houses the museum’s library, archival and photo collections.