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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099445395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099445395
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The dramatic story of the last day of World War I told through the experiences of the ordinary men in the trenches and the famous people of the time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aussie Reader on 23 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
"11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour" by Joseph Persico is an interesting and captivating book covering not only the final moments of the Great War but also offering a general history of the war from its beginning in 1914. The author follows a number of characters, great and small, throughout the narrative. We follow the paths and final fate of a number of soldiers from America, Britain, France, and Germany. We also get glimpses of those who control their destiny, Foch, Haig, Hindenburg and Pershing.
The story is well told and you'll find yourself following the lives of these men and women intensely, mostly with the knowledge of what is to come but still drawn into the final agonising moments before the end. The book can jump about a little, from 1914 to 1918, as mentioned by previous reviewers, however I did not find that this detracted from the story and felt it worked well enough.
The book has received a few negative reviews in my country (Australia), mainly for the fact that the author tends to miss the other allies (Australia & New Zealand) who were fighting along side the Americans. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) served from 1915 to 1918 on the Western Front and as a whole suffered a casualty rate of 65%, the highest of any Allied army in WW1. However I can see that this book has been written mainly for an American audience and I think it has done well.
The author's intent, to show the terribly tragedy of that final day, the waste of soldiers lives by Generals in an attempt to comply with criminal inept and stupid orders from higher up comes through strongly. Regardless of which nation those soldiers served, it's a well-told story and one that needed to be told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rogerio de O. Souza on 3 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just finished the reading of Persico's "11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour". Altough a very american view of the end of the Great War, the book bring us to the climax of the last day of the Great War, showing all events that lead to the fateful day. The high toll deaths, the absurd orders to advance till the 11th hour to gain the same terrain that would be give up in the same day, is incredible. How men could follow this type of orders just to lead other to a certain death... Fortunately there was some commanders that opted for desobey and then save many lives. The absurdity of the war can be resumed in some few words in a british headstone: "To the world he was a soldir,To me he was all the world". Unhappily that was not the war to end all the wars... A highly recommended book. Very well write like a novel. But all historic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Any book about the First World War is bound to raise questions about how so many men could be sent to pointless deaths by generals who had no idea of how to fight a new kind of warfare and so just flung troops forward and hoped for the best - which rarely came. This book describes the last day of the war and how some officers decided they still needed to "go for glory" or capture that little bit of extra ground before the end became official (even though they knew it had already been agreed). One example is an American officer who managed to mount an attack with the loss of hundreds of lives. Just absolute madness. This is a moving and shocking book which shows the real depths of how stupid some people can be in wartime. How such officers could live with themselves afterwards is beyond my comprehension.
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A great deal of information and told in a very good way. I would thoroughly recommend it, particularly at the price - 1p.
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