... this is a groundbreaking work; a detailed examination of the platoon and company commanders who had to make the plans of their seniors work. It is scholarly but immensely readable … an essential addition to the library of any military historian, whether professional or interested amateur. --Gordon Corrigan, author of Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War and The Second World War - A Military History
A valuable contribution to our knowledge of the British Army in the First World War. --Dr Stephen Badsey, University of Wolverhampton
The strength of Moore-Bick's work is that it is accessible to the enthusiast as well as to the academic; thankfully, the familiar subjects are covered succinctly and freshly, including a lot of original research alongside discussion of the conclusions that other researchers have drawn. --Birmingham 'On War' - the unofficial blog of the War Studies research students at the University of Birmingham
Playing the Game is an ambitious work, and succeeds in ... taking a novel view of leadership in the Great War. --Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
About the Author
Christopher Moore-Bick was educated at Winchester College. It was here that he gained his (to date limited) military experience as a member of the Royal Marine detachment of the school's Combined Cadet Force, also serving for a period as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Hampshire. He read history at Christ's College, Cambridge, concentrating on modern British, European and colonial topics including the culture of the two World Wars, intelligence in the 20th Century, and Kenyan independence. Graduating in 2001, he stayed in Cambridge until 2004 to research and write his postgraduate theses on the experiences and culture of First World War officers. During this time he also did some undergraduate teaching on the early decades of modern British intelligence. In 2005 he started working for the Ministry of Defence. He is married and lives in London.