I ordered this book because Katie Adie seemed to be approaching the war from a very different angle to most other volumes being published at present (Max Hastings, Richard van Emden and Saul David stand out amongst the current crop). Kate Adie has produced an illuminating and erudite book - it is well written and very well researched (the extracts from various sources really bring the subject alive). Shifting the focus from the war front to the home front and an analysis of how women stepped forward to fill a wide range of occupations traditionally fulfilled by men has resulted in an enlightening account of the war. During the second decade of the last century social attitudes to the role of women changed markedly as a result. In particular, she is very effective at debunking stereotypical myths about the role of women during the war. Overall, this is a lucid, compelling and highly readable examination of the Great War but from a totally different angle. Highly recommended.