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His early stuff was great but recent tomes have been an effort to get ...
on 16 February 2014
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 described by reviewers are "magisterial". As he gets older is this short hand for "opinionated Tory toff"? Maybe.
WW2 is more my thing but bought this as a 99p kindle bargain.
If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed. The first part re the reasons for the conflict was a bit uneven. The later parts about the period August to December 1914 got very repetitive. For example "the French/Brits/Austrians/Russians/Germans/Serbs were in the trenches being shelled" , "the French/Brits/Austrians/Russians/Germans/Serbs suffered dreadfully during the retreat",, "the French/Brits/Austrians/Russians/Germans/Serbs were cut down by rifle/machine gun fire" ,"the French/Brits/Austrians/Russians/Germans/Serbs general officers were useless"
I did enjoy the section re the first Battle of Ypres (partly because my Grandfather fought there) but at the end this was just 700 pages to slog thru "up to your neck in muck and bullets" as Arthur Haynes used to say.