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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly magnificent., 2 Oct 2000
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Mr. Colin Rankin "Colin Rankin" (Braintree, essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To the Last Man: Spring, 1918 (Paperback)
Unfortunately I purchased this book prior to reading the preceding works.However,it prompted me to buy all the previous Lyn Macdonald books on the Great War.I have never experienced war,thank God,but these books have brought the horror and tragedy very close to home.Lyn has an unnerring eye for detail and her respect for both the men and women who lived and died through this most awful of wars is plain to see.This book,and the previous ones in the series are absolutely essential reads and should be a mainstay of any schools curriculam.....to get the point across not just about the futility of war but also about the everyday heroism of the ordinary person and the great sacrifices that were made to ensure that we live the way we do today.We have a huge debt to pay and sometimes we forget it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, detailed, moving and enlightening., 3 July 2000
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This review is from: To the Last Man: Spring, 1918 (Paperback)
Lyn Macdonald has an excellent grasp of early 20th century history, a period that determined the course of Europe and the free world. You don't need film footage to picture the horrow of warfare when the descriptive the author uses put's you right there with the fighting men, on both sides. This book captures the strategy and the bloody reality of making it happen The bold attempt by the Germans to break the deadlock, the conviction of both sides that they were right. The mutual respect the soldiers had for each other, the minute by minute need to survive and at the same time kill or be killed reality of the butchery all around them. The soldiers story emerges with dignity, the realisation that both sets of combatants were mere porns in the hands of the politicians. Read the book, going to bed is easy, going to sleep is much more difficult. "To the Last Man" will make sure of that.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid portrayal of the experience of war, 30 Nov 2001
This review is from: To the Last Man: Spring, 1918 (Paperback)
With her painstaking review of written and oral evidence, Lyn Madcdonald has succeed in bringing home the experience of war in the early part of the 20th Century, and making it live for those fortunate enough never to have been tested by the call to arms.By seeing the western front through the eyes of the ordinary soldier, it puts into perspective the trials and tribulations of the 21st Century. As the last few Great War veterans finally pass away, such a record reminds us of the sacrifices of previous generations, and shows us that the soldiers of the Great War were not simply lambs led to the slaughter, but brave individuals who believed in the cause for which they were fighting. Might I suggest that Lyn Macdonald has honoured the British Tommy of 1914-1918 in much the same way as Stephen Ambrose has done with his painstaking interviews with the veterans of D-Day and its aftermath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still worth getting, 14 May 2012
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Even though I could only buy secondhand, still worth getting. A highly engaging book, very readable. With all battle books I read it does have the same problem, of keeping the reader in step with both action, geography and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb!, 8 Nov 2009
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This is a stunning book, beautifully presented, clear, concise and a real page turner. This is a must for anyone studying how the Great War panned out and very near defat the British Army actually came.

A must-buy book!
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