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Britain and the Great War, 1914-18 Paperback – 1 Oct 1989

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Some Good Perspectives Here 11 Jan. 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has essentially three sections: The first gives a general military history of the war, divided into chapters dealing, respectively, with 1914, 1915, 1916-17, and 1918. The second is an overview of British political and military leadership in the war, at various levels. The last portion touches on social impacts of the war, from economic effects to influences on class relationships and the moral tone of society. Along the way, the author provides some useful assessments and judgments, and while now and then the prose got a little turgid, on the whole the narrative doesn't bog down as, well, the war itself did. There are many more exhaustive works on the subject, of course, but for insights regarding policies and people, this is really rather good.
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Shallow book 25 Oct. 2005
By Devl's Advocate - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bourne, an academic historian, apparently has not cared to do any original researches before writing this book, as it is based on published, secondary works and there is no bibliography at the end, surely a sign of something amiss, namely scholarship, analysis and judgement, a sad reflection on the author indeed.
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excellent and eminently readable 24 April 2004
By Schmerguls - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this an excellent book. Its footnotes constitute a good commentary on World War One books and show that in Britain a lot of good writing is going on on that subject. The first four chapters give a military history of the war. Then there are three excellent chapters on the politicians and generals of the war. Finally there are good chapters on "Men and Munitions." "Comradeship, Discipline, and Morale" and "Values and Ideas." One must agree with the author when he says the only thing worse than a war won is a war lost. This book is a stunning and worthwhile reading experience.
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