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The Great War: A Photographic Narrative (Imperial War Museums)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
This is an excellent IWM book and worth purchasing, but be warned this is a US publication. The same book but with a different dust jacket is available on Amazon a lot cheaper.
Prior to my purchase I contacted Amazon Customer Service to make an enquiry. They kindly carried out a physical check of both books for me at their 'Fulfilment Centre' their answer confirmed that both books were the same except for the dust jacket and the country of publication, and although they didn't say it the price!
I therefore purchased the UK version then priced a £24.50 so saving myself of £30, two days later I note it's even cheaper by nearly £5! So save some hard earned money (£35) and purchase the UK publication instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2014
'This is not an anthology of the greatest photographs of the war', Mark Holborn declares in his foreword to this book. But it may well be the greatest anthology (yet) of First World War photographs. The sonata rhythm of the images, with their complementary and recurring themes, endows the ensemble with rare emotional power and reflective depth. When I saw the title of this volume, I expected one of those encyclopaedias in which texts by historians are interspersed with grainy images that bring the arguments to life. This book could not be more different. The images presented here are not illustrations for a narrative, they are the narrative. Hilary Roberts, head curator of photography at the Imperial War Museum (home of the world most extensive collection of First World War photographs) provided the historical and contextual expertise. Mark Holborn is an internationally celebrated editor and a master of photographic mise en scène. The result of their collaboration is a book of extraordinary power and clarity.
Christopher Clark
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Without question this is the finest collection of Great War photographs ever published. Most books on the war contain a dozen or so photographs that are very familiar. This collection includes at least 300 of some 380 that have not been seen by the public before. Those of naval events and those of incidents away from the Western Front are particularly superb.

We should always remember the conditions in which these photographs were taken and the equipment then available.

The chronology and brief historical summaries are also very useful.

This is another resounding achievement by the Imperial War Museum that has 1000's of photographs of the war. One hopes more like this collection will be made available to the general public in 2014.

Very highly recommended.
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on 29 September 2014
Very expensive but a wonderful visual record of the 1st World War. Big and heavy book too.
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