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World War One: History in an Hour (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by Rupert Colley (Author), Jonathan Keeble (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 23 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Aug 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RZMUIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
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History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world's first experience of Total War, involving all of the world's great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, led by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around nine million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns, and toxic gas attacks.

World War One: History In an Hour gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. World War One: History In an Hour is essential listening for all history lovers.

©2012 Rupert Colley; (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole of WW1, not just the trenches 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overview 29 Oct 2012
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to get the big picture 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellent 10 Jan 2014
By MrsS
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent historical overview 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise History 24 Oct 2012
By Charlie
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Very readable, and despite it being relatively short there are areas covered that were new to me. I don't think that I could recommend a better way of getting to grips with this period. A worthy effort deserving of 5*s, but I agree that you'd have to read quickly to get this one finished in an hour!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid read 13 Jun 2012
By medilex
Format:Kindle Edition
A concise history of the Great War which covers the political and economic aspects of this conflict. It also describes the 'forgotten' war in the Middle East. A usefull intro or revision aid
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to WW1.
Having never been taught about the great war at school, and reading a lot of books covering the second world war, I felt that I was missing a lot of historical knowledge that is... Read more
Published 2 days ago by mr r j pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
very interested in world war one and two so the accounts were very graffic and tell the stories that have not been told
Published 1 month ago by jean carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
easy read and to the point. very interesting and all the little facts made the difference. I would definitely recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Finley
5.0 out of 5 stars World War One - History in an hour
Very detailed but succinct account of many events in WW1. Not a WW1 geek so there may well be bits missing but it certainly gave me a good appreciation of how the war came about,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DAVID LEWIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Account of the War
A good account of the war...keeping the content concise, yet balancing the interest right to the end. Overall a good book.
Published 1 month ago by Sharjil Nasir
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account - and an amazing story to be told
I was browsing for a not-too-long-and-drab book on WW1 and ran into this - my first History in an Hour ebook. it was fabulous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars World War One: History in an Hour
It was very easy to download. The book itself was concise and gives a flavour of the major events. A good outline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JPL
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly brought to life.
With the anniversary coming up soon, brilliant read...all the main points written in sizeable chunks for an easy read. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by TheDarkPhoenixLondonAngel
5.0 out of 5 stars World War One: History in an Hour
These books are perfect for someone like me who just wants to know the facts without pages full of additional evidence, figures and precise details.
Published 1 month ago by Grumpa
4.0 out of 5 stars Ww1
Nice I loved it so much it was factual and great to read. I learnt a lot non this epic war.
Published 1 month ago by Reader
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