I bought this book to find out more about the literature of the First World War. Yet, when I opened it, I was surprised to find a lack of information about even the most famous poems and books on the subject. And then I found the reason: on page 9 of the introduction, the writer explains his choice of texts and extracts in Part 3 (pages 73-95): "Most of the material in this section is not easily accessible elsewhere; poems already easily found in anthologies of war poetry and extracts from familiar novels still in print have not been included". In other words, this book talks a fair bit about books and poems that you probably haven't come across before but you'll look in vain for a complete poem by Owen or a decent extract from one of Sassoon's books. This is really, really annoying. I got the book to help me find my way in to the literature about the period. This book is no help at all. A real waste of money.