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100 Days to Victory: How the Great War Was Fought and Won 1914-1918

100 Days to Victory: How the Great War Was Fought and Won 1914-1918 [Kindle Edition]

Saul David
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ZULU (2005)
'A remarkable work by a huge new talent' (William Dalrymple, Sunday Times)

Saul David's brilliant and magisterial account must now be regarded as the definitive history of the Zulu War (Frank McLynn, Literary Review)

This meticulously detailed book...give[s] a fully rounded and judicious account of this dismal conflict (Guardian)

Fascinating, thrilling, convincing... reads like a novel (Economist)


Splendid . . . a terrific treasure-chest of anecdotes . . . a splendidly brisk, cool and judicious narrator (Daily Telegraph)

Incisive and acute . . . thorough and occasionally revelatory, [David] always finds a telling phrase, an eye-catching detail or a human story (Sunday Times)

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A gripping and fascinating account of the Great War - told through the events of 100 key dates between 1914 and 1918.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4550 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIVLX50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically-acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and, most recently, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire.

Saul David also writes acclaimed historical fiction. Zulu Hart, the first in the George Hart series, was a bestseller in 2009, and the sequel, Hart of Empire, will be published in August 2010.

An experienced broadcaster, Saul David has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular contributor to Radio 4.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One not to be missed. 8 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading 100 Days to Victory and I really enjoyed it. Saul David picks 100 days over the course of the first world war which led to the ultimate victory for the Entente in 1918. He uses his own personal family history - telling the stories of his great uncles who fought in the war, which I found really moving. He also uses the diaries of Vera Brittain to tell the story from a female perspective and to describe the feelings of those left behind at the home front. As well as going into a lot of detail about the battles and military strategies on the Western Front, David looks at the breakdown of the Russian monarchy, the action in Gallipoli, and the input of various regiments imported in from the British Empire, which I found really interesting. He writes in an accessible style, capturing the emotional side of the war without compromising on historical accuracy or objective narration. There are a lot of books on WW1 out at the moment but this is one that shouldn't be missed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Emmy88
A concise yet also elegantly written book on First World War. Was given book as present and found myself turning pages straightaway. Book covers a host of aspects and angles of war, dealing with the grand narrative of the campaign and also the more intimate, minor stories away from trenches. There are plenty of testimonies from commanders and frontline soldiers alike. There are also some excellent mini essays prefacing each year in terms of where all the major players stood at the time. It's doubtful that every reader will be interested in every facet - or day - of book but most people will be engaged by a majority of what the author has to say. David writes with a judicious eye in regards to the military history of the war, but just as importantly the book possesses a sense of sympathy and humanity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book on the Great War. 17 Sep 2013
By Charlie
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A panoramic book on The Great War, told with insight and style. 100 Days to Victory encompasses the military history of the First World War, as well as other subjects (including the Home Front, diplomatic failings, espionage etc). The author constantly returns the drama and suffering of the soldiers on the front however and it is a credit to David's writing that he provides both narrative and argument in each of his well crafted chapters.
Some may find the book too Anglo-centric and not all the chapters are as strong as each other but for the most part readers, whether experts of the conflict or those coming to it for the first time, should find 100 Days to Victory to be both enjoyable and enlightening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and gripping 5 Nov 2013
Deserves all its critical and commercial success, a superb read above all. However familiar you might be with the story of the Great War, you will find fresh stories and insights here. Above all, I came away with the impression of how truly global and varied a conflict it was. In each section Saul David brilliantly zooms from the particular and personal to the bigger picture and back again, giving at once emotional punch and strategic overview. Very cleverly done, without you really noticing - truly accomplished popular history writing. Each section stands alone, but each makes you want to press on to the next. Thoroughly recommended. I couldn't put it down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOUR DE FORCE IN MILITARY HISTORY 25 Sep 2013
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This book is different from any book about WW1,(or WW2),that I have read, (and I have read many). It is not a timeline of the battles fought; of the strategies and tactics deployed; of the new machinery developed to kill the enemy in this new form of warfare. It is, rather, a collection of "bite-sized" chunks covering all aspects of the whole conflict. It is the kind of book one can dip into at any time. It contains much material which I did not know. It must be of interest to those who already have knowledge of the War. It will be a fine introduction to the War to those people who know only a little, and who are perhaps wanting to learn more about the conflict which changed the world one hundred years ago. Having read this book, they can better understand the people who lived through it, both combatant and non-combatant, and then read further. The book should be in every school library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great..but a continental map please!! 2 Jan 2014
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This was a brilliant read, and the other 4/5 star reviews cover why, but there was a desperate need for a map of the continent plus the Middle East. It would also have been better to group all the maps together in one place, as the same regions are referred to disparately throughout the text, and it is hard to keep finding the necessary map buried half way through the book. Nevertheless, this is a common problem and the book overall was excellent and highly readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great war Great History 19 Dec 2013
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I am a fan of Saul David and he does not disappoint in his latest venture. Picking out selected days that were pivotal in the conflict he reduces the history into easy to understand chapters. Most histories get bogged down in detail. For those looking for a fresh approach to a much told story this is a must.
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The mixture of different theatres of the war gives a very balanced overview. Other books concentrate on specific elements while this one begins with the best exposition I have ever read about the background to Sarajevo and what happened next. Very digestible and a great read in a comfortable style, unpretentious and direct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Purchased this book as a Christmas present for my dad
Published 5 days ago by Y. C. Ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, Readable, Informative and Entertaining with One rather Big...
The author admits he only set out to do from the Sarajevo assassination of the Archduke to the outbreak of WW1 but was 'encouraged' to go the whole hog. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Germangeoff
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Bought as a birthday present for my dad who is a fan of Saul David-loves it and especially likes the fact he can have a quick read if he wants to as there are short parts in it.
Published 2 months ago by sarah hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of 100 bites
Well written ,and avoiding the "X115 Corps and 2nd Batt" type lists that can spoil a narrative for some. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole story
This book had, as the author tells us in his 'epilogue', a curious origin. He proposed writing a day by day account of the events between the Sarajevo murder and the outbreak of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Richard M. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get a feeling for what happened
This is an excellent book to give people an introduction to what happened during the First World War. Easy bite size reading. You really get a feel for what people went through. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tallington fox
1.0 out of 5 stars errors of fact
I admired Prof Davids work on Lord Cardigan and India and I did want to read this book but just flicking through it I found two errors at once that should have embarrassed anyone... Read more
Published 9 months ago by j47
5.0 out of 5 stars WW1 now enters History
This is an excellent book, giving an interesting true account of Soldiers experiences during WW1. The author provides authentic accounts of what it was like during that time.
Published 9 months ago by shaun foster
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