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Rick Atkinson's World War II Trilogy, a Natural Extension of His Life as a Journalist, Ends With a Bang

“It was a struggle between good and evil, frankly, and it was not hard to believe that we had the moral high ground. And then finally, the consequences of the war play out in the country and the world to this day. Consequences for women in the workplace, consequences for civil rights — the war profoundly affected those things. And then it affected the shape of the political world,” he said, noting that India, Pakistan, Israel and “many countries in Africa” all were born of the war.

Historically, Atkinson argues, the war is the equivalent of the Big Bang.

“Obviously, the Arab Spring in many ways is like the signal from the Big Bang. ... You can still feel the repercussions and reverberations in the world today from the big bang of the 1940s.”

Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy, culminating with “The Guns at Last Light” does its part in illustrating how those reverberations started, with a bang.

As part of the Roll Call Book Club, Atkinson will discuss and sign “The Guns at Last Light” on Wednesday at the CQ Roll Call offices at 77 K St. NE. Free, at 6 p.m. To register, go to cqrcbooks.eventbrite.com.

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