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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007539118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007539116
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rupert Colley, a former librarian, is the founder of 'History In An Hour', a series of titles that can be read in just sixty minutes - history for busy people. Published by William Collins, part of HarperCollins, the books are available here on the Amazon Kindle. As well as the titles written by Rupert, there are a number of other authors writing for the series - all readable In An Hour, and all intelligently and engagingly written.

Rupert's first work of historical fiction, 'My Brother the Enemy', is a novella about two brothers, twins, and their rivalry and jealousies, and the girl they both love, set against the violent backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a "good, fast, page-turning read".

His second novel, 'This Time Tomorrow: an epic story of love set in World War One', is, as the subtitle suggests, a World War 1 novel, a compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal.

Rupert's third novel, 'The Black Maria', set during Stalin's reign, in Moscow, 1935, is now out.

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‘If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past’ Dominic Sandbrook

‘The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age’ Andrew Roberts, Bookseller

‘This is genius’ MacWorld.com

About the Author

Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield for 22 years until September 2011. A history graduate, he launched the original History In An Hour in 2009 with a website, blog and ‘World War Two In An Hour’ as an iPhone app. He then expanded it to Kindle, iBooks and into the USA with a series of titles, and enlisted new writers by encouraging guest bloggers on the website. History In An Hour was acquired by HarperCollins in 2011.


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jun. 2012
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The History in an Hour series are proving to be very good at concise introductions to individual, large subjects, and so it is with World War One. Most people know a little about the trenches and the horrific slaughter but how many have heard of the devastating Iraq campaign or how many thousands of troops were stationed in Greece doing not a lot except making their presence felt so Greece would stay on the Allies side?

There are brief dips into the war at sea, in the air and how a young Winston Churchill was the prime mover of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. The place were this book excels is right at the beginning as it explains why people wanted Arch Duke Ferdinand dead, how his driver's wrong turn presented the assassin with opportunity and the quick slide into war as countries were drawn in by commitments of mutual defence made in treaties signed long ago.

This is a top flight book which gives you the strategic overview of the war to end all wars, if only that last phrase were true. At the end of the book there is a brief biography of major personalities involved in the war and a chronology of events.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2012
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To be honest I was a bit dubious about this book at first, until I started reading it that is. People of my generation studied World War 1 at school, so have an extensive background into the subject, and also in my case our school did also take us to the Imperial War Museum, which also helped a lot in understanding what it was like to live and fight in the trenches.

This book tries to gather the main points together into something that will take you about an hour to read, also including appendices and photos. All in all this does actually do a great job of this. It shows how the war started and the reasons, as well as the main countries involved. Where else this excels is how it shows things being inter-connected, such as the Easter Uprisings in Ireland, the revolution in Russia, and how such countries as Israel started to be created. Of course this would not be complete if it didn't show the world how it was after the war and some of the reasons for the next World War.

This is ideal for anyone wanting to brush up on the First World War, and I would say that this is excellent for anyone having to study this for history and would be ideal for school children. With an active table of contents and the inclusion of photos obviously a lot of thought has gone into this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hague on 4 Nov. 2012
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I studied WWI at school but we never got the big picture. It was a war of important events seemingly unconnected and quickly forgotten.

This book has done wonders bringing all the bits together to present a good overview of the whole war. It is a great introduction to WWI which explains who did what, where and why. The details of the main figures of the war at the end is useful too, as is the chronology of events. It should be required reading for all schoolchildren embarking on a study of WWI.

I found it really useful and will now read WWII which I hope will be as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsS on 10 Jan. 2014
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Become very interested in the First World War since finding my great uncles's grave; he died on the Somme. We both wanted to know more about the War and have bought quite a few books. But it is such a large and complex subject and it is difficult to get a clear overview as each author, excellent in their own particular part of the War, gives a slightly different account. This one is a clear, concise and very understandable whizz through the causes and progress of the 1st WW. It doesn't go into huge detail but give a good bare bones account which can be fleshed out through further reading if you so wish. Both my husband and I are pleased I bought this one - very well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stewart M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2014
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As would be expected from the title, this book is a simple and straightforward account of the history of World War One.

Any historical account that renders years of complex conflict into one hour of reading is, by definition, going to have to take a few short cuts and render the complicated simple.

But is this a problem?

In this case I think not. The aim of this book seems to be to provide a simple narrative that allows the reader to grasp the way in which the events of the war developed, without have to wade through pages of fine print analysis.

In my opinion, this book would be an excellent “first read” about WW1, giving the reader enough of a framework to move on to move complex studies. If you are like me, I much prefer to know (vaguely) where I am going when I read history – and I wish I had read this book before I had ventured into some of the longer ones I have read.

In summary, a simple introduction, which given the current memorial events deserves to be widely read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Smith on 6 Nov. 2012
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I happened upon this e-Book whilst researching for a film project related to World War One. This book did not disappoint and is actually quite comprehensive - I must confess, it took me well over an hour to read. Despite the swiftness of the accounts, the writing does not lack depth or impact. History in an Hour is a fine idea, and I shall be downloading others in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By petea340 on 10 Nov. 2012
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I really enjoy history and this book is an eye opener to all the key events reviewed in a clear and concise format. If you wnat to read about the 1st world war, but don't want to pile through lots of heavy books then this is the way to do it. I am looking forward to reading other books in the series.
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