Mike Eastwood

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
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This extremely well researched book argues that the major powers sleepwalked into war in 1914; a thesis that first took shake in the 1930s and since then has been overshadowed primarily by the Fischer German guilt school of thought.

It is a difficult read but well worth sticking with.

I thought it had much more to say about the fatal period between 28 June and the outbreak of war; however the argument is that the war needs to be seen more from the various entanglements prior to that period so in a sense the 37 days to war assumes less significance.

What is clear is that despite the passage of 100 years; the controversy continues and even more will be written… Read more
The Old Contemptibles: The British Expeditionary F&hellip by Robin Neillands
Robin Neillands' writing style is easy on the eye, succinct and pact.

This book is a very good overview of the critical first four months of the Great War on the Western Front and the British Expeditionary Force's part in it. the narrative is straightforward and enables the reader to have a clear picture of its role, culminating in the key First Battle of Ypres in late 1914.

As an introduction it does its job well and for those whose interest has been awakened by reading this book I would recommend reading Liaison 1914 by Spiers and John Terrain's Mons. There are a number of good books on First Ypres - Harrar-Fockley's is especially good.

Highly recommended… Read more
They Have Their Exits: The Best-Selling Escape Mem&hellip by Airey Neave
4.0 out of 5 stars They Have Their Exits, 23 Nov 2013
Airey Neave's memoir is fast paced & well worth reading. Boy's Own stuff told in a self-deprecating manner. Real class

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