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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304366838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304366835
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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one of the most illuminating books on place in war I have read in recent years (Sue Baker PUBLISHING NEWS)

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A tourist guide, a history and a personal story of the Western Front 1914-18

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The shots fired by Gavrilo Princip, with fatal effect for the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, lit the sparks of two powder trains which were already primed and piled. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Marangoni on 8 Oct 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Nigel Jones uses a modern day journey through France to peer into the grim but often heroic past of the Great War. The tragedy eclipses the triumph in many ways and the author views the past with a realism rather than sentimentality. There isn't an unhealthy fixation with war poets or class warfare, with lions led by donkeys, which can distort things.
The book is broken up well into chapters and parts of the walk. It's a shame kindle isn't map and illustration friendly though, to give a pictorial guide to journey. Another failing of book is that it could provide more of a perspective from the French and German side.
Would definitely recommend War Walk to students, as it touches upon many aspects of the narrative of the Western Front without being tainted by bad history. The book has enough depth and richness to offer something to the more knowledgeable First World War historian too.
There are better books out there on WWI, but perhaps none so accessible or useful as starting point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 9 Nov 2012
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I loved this - the incredible details about WWI, the author's personal connection to it, and the sense of travelling back in time as I read through. I was sad to finish it.
It's a must-read book for anyone interested in the subject. Doubtless hundreds of titles will be coming out over the next year or so to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict. Readers should start with Nigel Jones' account, however, to add a sense of place and context to their understanding of what happened.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia B on 15 May 2013
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I bought the Kindle version but was intensely irritated by the typos (there are even question marks after some of the words in the text that don't make any sense in their context), by the uncorrected lay-out,and by the lack of illustrations, so have ordered the paperback version, which does have maps. Non-fiction mostly requires pictures, maps etc, even if it is a digital version, so I'll stick to non-fiction in print in future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabina on 11 Oct 2012
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The War Walk is an excellent introduction and one volume history of the Great War on the Western Front. Although loosely framed within a travelogue Jones thankfully places the history in the foreground, as opposed to himself. The Somme, Ypres and British experience of the ordinary soldier are all told well and although there may not be any original academic scholarship, everyone should glean something from the facts and arguments in this book, student and military buff alike.
Along with John Keegan's First World War this is as good a place to start as any on the subject.
The lack of maps is slight frustration, but not a serious one.
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By K. James on 31 May 2014
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Busy reading now whilst on a pilgrimage to the WW1 battlefields. So far it has proved to be a useful travel companion full of interest. Can recommend to anyone with similar interests.
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By nascar on 6 Sep 2013
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been after this book for a while love to read about world war 1 very informative .so pleased with the book & price
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