From Pearl Harbor to Normandy
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Rick Atkinson
Sat, December 7th, 2013 |
9:00 am to 11:00 am
(Members $28)

Note: This program is sold out



9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30–11 am: Lecture

On December 7, 1941, Japan’s devastating surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into one of the bloodiest wars in history. The months and years that followed took American troops from the battlefields of North Africa, to the ancient cities of Italy, to the shores of Normandy in a push to liberate Europe from the grasp of fascism. Join Rick Atkinson as he discusses the sacrifices, shortcomings, and eventual triumph of the American-led coalition of Western allies that fought to defeat Hitler, Mussolini, and the Axis powers.


Rick Atkinson is the author of the monumental Liberation Trilogy. The first volume, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, received the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Other volumes in the series include The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 and The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone*: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online*: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

*Service fee of $2.75 applies per online or over-the-phone order. (Fee waived for New-York Historical Society members.) Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Creative: Tronvig Group