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5.0 out of 5 stars "O piteous spectacle! O bloody times!
Whiles lions war and battle for their dens,
Poor harmless lambs abide their enmity." Wm. Shakespeare. King Henry VI, Part 3.

Max Hasting's "Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War" is a masterfully crafted account of Europe's descent into the apocalypse known as the Great War. It is a study that focuses on Europe's sabre-rattling lions who led millions...
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1.0 out of 5 stars His early stuff was great but recent tomes have been an effort to get ...
I've read a lot of Sir Max's work dating back to the 80's and 90's. His early stuff was great but recent tomes have been an effort to get through. (All hell let loose, Armageddon, Nemesis etc).

Some reviewers disparage Sir Max because he is just a "journalist" but this is just some sort of inverted snobbery.

However his work has been...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well-researched and produced audio book., 5 May 2014
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This audio book presented an exceptionally thorough and detailled account of the year 1914 describing the circumstances leading up to the commencement of WW1. In addition the initial battles and strategies were described in large measure by citing personal accounts from letters and diaries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its First world war history, 26 Dec. 2013
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If you want a complete history there are better more complete historical works, If you want a decent read and a reasoned analysis of the motivations guiding the various countries and empires as they slid into the biggest bloodletting of the early part of the twentieth century this is it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete, 30 Sept. 2013
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As always Max Hastings writes extremely well and makes history enjoyable and illuminating to read. My main disappointment with this book is that it covers very well the lead up to, causes of the war and the early fighting, but does not cover the end and the outcomes. There is an awful lot of anecdotal comment from people in and around the war at the time which is very good, but I feel this could have been pruned a bit to leave some space for end and outcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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Excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 8 Jan. 2014
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Max Hastings again presents a revealing insight into a important part of our nation's history. He does it a form that, I think, is easily understood and very informative.
A recommended purchase for those interested in the history of world conflicts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading and brilliantly researched, 2 Aug. 2014
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Another brilliant and well researched book by Max Hastings. He has the great gift of bringing into his writing not just the well known and in this case clueless leaders but the ordinary man in the street who served and died in the 1st World War.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As usual a great book from Max Hastings, 9 Dec. 2013
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Well written and documented, I have many books from Max Hastings and it does the job. You keep reading and learning. The work pointed out the tactical and strategic mistakes made in that year, extending the war almost another four years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 22 Dec. 2014
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good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Dec. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Nov. 2014
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