4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent history of the Central Powers in WW1, 16 Sept. 2011
Probably the best English language history available of the Central Powers in WW1, in particular one of the few books to give a detailed history of the Austro-Hungarian role in the war, in particular the Austro-Hungarian role in starting the war and most effectively in providing a revisionist reapraisal of Conrad von Hotzendorf. The book also gives a balanced account of the overall conduct of war to counter the heavy Western Front bias of most English language WW1 history. The authors judgements are sound, the balance between military and political, social and economic history excellent and the book is written in an engaging style. For those brought up on the older views of Ludendorf's genius Herwig's analysis of his leadership will be a revelation (albeit one shared by many modern histories of WW1) and his contrast between the operational and tactical achievements of the German Army and the strategic failures and absence of any real strategic aims is striking. Overall a very fine book marred only by a few annoying typo errors.