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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Comparable
This excellent one volume by Hew Strachan is a reissue of the book first published in 2003. The author is a renowned professor of war at Oxford University. His book 'To Arms', the first volume of a trilogy yet to be completed, was greeted with aclaim by scholars worldwide. Strachan has also written a number of thought-provoking books on current strategy and the problems...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really good -- in parts
I have read all the rave reviews of this book on Amazon and on the book's cover -- such as "Quite simply the best short history of the war in print" and "Meticulous... [with] amazing, newly unearthed photographs within this beautifully designed book."

I can only envy the thorough knowledge of the war that others possess that enables them to praise so highly and...
Published 15 months ago by Jak


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only have one book, 7 May 2014
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If you only have one book on the First World War this is the one. It is a relatively modern book which addresses the issues and does not regurgitate the same old myths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and concise, 1 May 2014
Truly excellent. This is a short book, given the scale of the subject matter, but clearly a product of vast learning and research. It breathes authority. This should reach AJP Taylor's short history as the standard short book on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 28 April 2014
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Its like the hard back only now available in paperback. Not before time and a must have for anyone interested in the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 23 April 2014
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Saw series on Tv and wanted more in-depth study. Brought fresh thinking to WW1 history and showed there was ore to it than
trench warfare. Also good details of political background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must, 22 April 2014
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This book is a must for anybody interested on the 1st World War, It gives you a great perspective on the wrongs & rights before, during and after the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WW1 history, 22 April 2014
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This book is a pleasure to read.
The narrative has a flow to it missing from many WW1 histories which can overwhelm you with facts.
I would recommend reading it alongside watching the associated DVD set.
Each chapter in the book matches a volume in the box set.
The combination of written word & video really is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh perspective on ww1., 28 Mar 2014
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this book presents a different perspective on the great war. it also clearly relates the world we live in now to the impact of the climatic events of 14/18. a brilliant and compelling read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Aug 2014
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as with all the previous books ienjoyed it very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug 2014
Readable, informative and scholarly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 19 July 2014
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clear history of causes of WW1
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