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4.0 out of 5 stars Realism trumps sentimentality
Nigel Jones uses a modern day journey through France to peer into the grim but often heroic past of the Great War. The tragedy eclipses the triumph in many ways and the author views the past with a realism rather than sentimentality. There isn't an unhealthy fixation with war poets or class warfare, with lions led by donkeys, which can distort things.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version - revert to print!
I bought the Kindle version but was intensely irritated by the typos (there are even question marks after some of the words in the text that don't make any sense in their context), by the uncorrected lay-out,and by the lack of illustrations, so have ordered the paperback version, which does have maps. Non-fiction mostly requires pictures, maps etc, even if it is a digital...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realism trumps sentimentality, 8 Oct 2012
This review is from: The War Walk: A Journey Along the Western Front (Kindle Edition)
Nigel Jones uses a modern day journey through France to peer into the grim but often heroic past of the Great War. The tragedy eclipses the triumph in many ways and the author views the past with a realism rather than sentimentality. There isn't an unhealthy fixation with war poets or class warfare, with lions led by donkeys, which can distort things.
The book is broken up well into chapters and parts of the walk. It's a shame kindle isn't map and illustration friendly though, to give a pictorial guide to journey. Another failing of book is that it could provide more of a perspective from the French and German side.
Would definitely recommend War Walk to students, as it touches upon many aspects of the narrative of the Western Front without being tainted by bad history. The book has enough depth and richness to offer something to the more knowledgeable First World War historian too.
There are better books out there on WWI, but perhaps none so accessible or useful as starting point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Nov 2012
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I loved this - the incredible details about WWI, the author's personal connection to it, and the sense of travelling back in time as I read through. I was sad to finish it.
It's a must-read book for anyone interested in the subject. Doubtless hundreds of titles will be coming out over the next year or so to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict. Readers should start with Nigel Jones' account, however, to add a sense of place and context to their understanding of what happened.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version - revert to print!, 15 May 2013
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I bought the Kindle version but was intensely irritated by the typos (there are even question marks after some of the words in the text that don't make any sense in their context), by the uncorrected lay-out,and by the lack of illustrations, so have ordered the paperback version, which does have maps. Non-fiction mostly requires pictures, maps etc, even if it is a digital version, so I'll stick to non-fiction in print in future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Worth Taking, 11 Oct 2012
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The War Walk is an excellent introduction and one volume history of the Great War on the Western Front. Although loosely framed within a travelogue Jones thankfully places the history in the foreground, as opposed to himself. The Somme, Ypres and British experience of the ordinary soldier are all told well and although there may not be any original academic scholarship, everyone should glean something from the facts and arguments in this book, student and military buff alike.
Along with John Keegan's First World War this is as good a place to start as any on the subject.
The lack of maps is slight frustration, but not a serious one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal companion., 31 May 2014
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Busy reading now whilst on a pilgrimage to the WW1 battlefields. So far it has proved to be a useful travel companion full of interest. Can recommend to anyone with similar interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read, 6 Sep 2013
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been after this book for a while love to read about world war 1 very informative .so pleased with the book & price
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Grandfather's War, 24 July 2013
Fascinating version. I was able to understand my grandfather's experience on 21st March 1918 when he was captured at Lagnicourt between Arras and Cambrai through Nigel's account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking, 12 Jun 2013
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An excellentlly written book on the horrors, human angles and geography of WW1. Very informative and different from other books on this subject
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a lovely war?, 27 Feb 2013
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An informative and well written WW1 battlefield tour. If anyone needs convincing that war is hell this book has it in spades (no pun intended). The sheer scale of the slaughter is testimony to the knee jerk ethos and blinkered mind of the General Staff who stayed well out of harms way, while the PBI (poor bloody infantry) took death and mutilation without hope. Catch 22 was written after all this huge slaughter and yet the same mindset prevailed not long afterwards - Yossarian was made to march to the very same drumbeat that sounded on the Western Front in 1914-18. When will we ever learn?
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3.0 out of 5 stars No maps or illustrations, 22 Nov 2012
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A nice idea of a book and well written, but spoilt by the lack of maps or illustrations in the Kindle version.
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