Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for R. Chapman > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by R. Chapman
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,083,099
Helpful Votes: 22

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
R. Chapman (London, UK)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War
Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War
by Peter Hart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great read, 14 Sept. 2015
Mr Hart has a direct, perceptive and detailed grasp of his subject. Clearly he enjoyed reviewing his oral history interviews of many years and knitting the veterans stories into a coherent, insightful and very readable book. If you want the soldiers view of the First World War the this is it.


The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War
The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War
by Peter Hart
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great War - a great book, 19 May 2013
Explaining the Great War, its causes, what happened, why and the aftermath is a complex and demanding task. The Great War by Peter Hart rises superbly to the challenge. The structure of the book, year by year, front by front is comprehensive and easy to follow. It is supported by excellent maps of all the fronts which allow easy cross reference with the text.

Peter Hart demonstrates a mastery of the subject but is able to convey the twists and turn of events and characters in a clear and convincing manner. A great strength lies in the stories within the story. The use of personal quotes bring to the book the raw emotion of war and what its participants, from generals to private soldiers, sailors and airman, thought and experienced at the time. The choice of photos follows the strong narrative set within the book, not only complementing and enhancing the text but almost acting as their own photo story book of the conflict.

It is also a book that avoids a single nationalistic perspective of the war. A book that recognises the contributions and sacrifices made by both sides, the wide range of countries involved and the complexity of war. The strategy and tactics used and how they developed are tracked across the war years. The political backdrop and the characters behind the scenes who drove conflict are interweaved.

The centenary of the start of the Great War is almost upon us.Numerous books will be written offering single perspectives on this all important conflict. For a balanced, comprehensive, accessible, clearly written and entertaining understanding of what happened and why, there is unlikely to be a better buy than this book from such an experienced historian and maturing author.


Gallipoli
Gallipoli
by Peter Hart
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff!, 7 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Gallipoli (Hardcover)
This is an immensely powerful book about this tragic, from an allied perspective, world war one campaign. It is rare to find a history book that, through the extensive and imaginative use of personal testimony, brings a campaign so much to life. If there is one book to read about Gallipoli then this must be it.


1918: A Very British Victory
1918: A Very British Victory
by Peter Hart
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1918: A very British victory, 2 Sept. 2008
I've had an interest in general history since school days - a long time ago now. However I still find it rare to engage with a history book - often a succession of facts, dates, kings and queens. That is what is so refreshing and invigorating about Peter Hart's 1918. Real people, real stories woven by the author into a strong narrative that explains, clearly and concisely the strategic thinking from the top of the food chain down to the fortunes and misfortunes of the `poor bloody infantry'. This is a history book that really brings the first world war to life - and all too often - death. It demonstrates how the new boys on the block, the Americans, vital to the final victory - had to go through their own learning curve - they didn't learn from the suffering of the British in the previous 4 years and consequently lost many men in the early days that should have lived through it.

If you want facts and dates this book will give it to you. In addition you get the real human story and in my book that makes it a must read.


Page: 1