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Author; Historian; Columnist, The Washington Post

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2009


Rick Atkinson is an award-winning historian and journalist. He worked at the Washington Post for 25 years as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent, including three years as the newspaper’s Berlin bureau chief. He has written five works of military history, including the first two volumes of the Liberation Trilogy, a narrative account of the American role in the liberation of Europe during the Second World War. Volume I of the trilogy, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, earned him one of his three Pulitzer Prizes. Volume II, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, published in 2007, was described by Sir Michael Howard in the Times Literary Supplement as “one of the truly outstanding records of the Second World War.”