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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to over-praise, 20 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Douglas Haig and the First World War (Cambridge Military Histories) (Hardcover)
This stands out among the numerous Haig biographies, from the early uncritical ones, through the 'Butcher' and 'Donkey' period, the Terraine revisionists and the more academic modern versions. The author is an experienced lecturer at it shows, almost entirley in a good way. Didacticism is worn lightly and there is some repetitious language. But the flow of the narrative is superb. The use of sub-headings is common in text books, much less so in biographies. In this case, sometimes couched in question form, they make the text come alive. The assessments are well-balanced. If a biography can ever be said to be definitive, this one is, especially for this generation. The only Haig biography you will need, unless you're an enthusiast. Maps excellent generally. Photos so-so. But a masterpiece.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2009 09:44:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Apr 2009 00:00:35 BDT
This is an extremely misleading review, whose author clearly does not have sufficient grasp of the subject to be able to identify the many glaring flaws of research and interpretation inherent in the Harris book. The book is deceptively well written, but is bad history - a dangerous combination if not highlighted by reviewers. A detailed critique of examples of these flaws may be found at the following link:

http://frontforum.westernfrontassociation.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=510

A five star rating? I don't think so - try knocking off three or four to get a fairer assessment of this work.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2009 16:46:09 BDT
The Old Git says:
Both Harts Review and GACs Comments are hardly Impartial,as both are card carrying Members of the Douglas Haig Appreciation Society,by all means go to the link that GAC has provided,and you will see how unbiased both these Gentlemen are - i think not!.Read the Harris Book and draw your own conclusions.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2009 23:48:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Apr 2009 11:37:22 BDT
You conspicuously fail to specify - either here or where it's posted - what the flaws in my linked review are Rev. Russ - care to put some effort into spelling out what you think these are; or are you just a soundbite cheerleader for Mr Harris?
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