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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; UNKNOWN edition (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444763350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444763355
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Visit Saul's website at www.sauldavid.co.uk.

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100 Days to Victory adopts a remarkably original approach to telling the story of the First World War in an accessible fashion ... the author is gifted with acute judgement as well as accomplished narrative skills. His book offers a really admirable introduction to the conflict. (Max Hastings The Times)

Original and effective...Professor David exceeds the reader's expectations...one of the best measured accounts. (Times Literary Supplement)

A splendid read... a specialist in 19th century colonial wars and a fine writer, David has intelligently boiled down recent scholarship on the war. (The Observer)

Saul David has come up with an ingenious approach... The charm of this unorthodox technique becomes clear as soon as you open the book... a remarkable book. (Daily Mail)

Splendidly well written - fluent, engaging, well paced and, despite the grim subject matter, often entertaining. (New Statesman)

Fascinating, original...vivid...brilliantly conveys the global scale of the conflict...if you usually find military history rather turgid you must read this. (The Bookseller)

A free-flowing work of great originality and insight (Charles Spencer)

All the really important dates are here, as well as some inspired choices ... If any book will inspire readers to investigate further, this one will. (Mail on Sunday)

David picks out 100 individual days from the war that allow him to paint the entire picture ... as ever, he is at his best when shells are landing and whistles are blowing. (Sunday Times)

Absorbing because of, not despite, the harrowing detail. (The Independent)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By chubbagrubb on 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 on 18 Sep 2013
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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 By Charlie on 17 Sep 2013
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FTM Doyle on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xavi #6 on 25 Aug 2014
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I bought this book having attended a lecture from the author which was clear and interesting as anyone familiar with his TV work would expect. He was also charming and polite afterwards with all the people queuing up buy copies of his books.
And the book is consistent with those impressions - clear, slightly provotive but steering clear of outright controversy, highly accessible but unable to avoid the feeling that it has been rushed.
My immediate impression was a comparison to those "100 best" compilations on TV from which you cannot quite manage to tear yourself away, thinking at each stage of the countdown that this will be the last one you watch. So it is compelling and an easy read but relies heavily on a limited number of references and, indeed, very heavily on recent secondary sources. No-one could say this is breaking new ground in this controversial historiography of this pivotal conflict; instead it attempts to communicate in compact synopses the views of other historians. The grapes of Gary Sheffield and others have been distilled for the casual drinker without the curiosty of the experienced drinker. On balance I lean to the views of this wing of historians as they revise the traditional views the British and, I think, Commonwealth public have viewed the war for decades and I think David's more balanced position often more convincing than that adopted by others, such as Sheffield, even though I regularly refer back to his "Lost Victories" book for reference.
The accounts of his family are very welcome particularly when they relate to important dates such as the Second Battle of Ypres.
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