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Bit laboured in places but good account of early period,
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This review is from: Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 (Kindle Edition)
Hasting's book focuses on the immediate pre war period and follows the early phase of the war through to Xmas 1914. Presents a detailed account of the often neglected French advance into Alsace and the so called race to the see which ended in deadlock that would lend ire for 4 years. Unsympathetic to most of the senior military and political figures it nevertheless presents the case that it probably would have made little difference if they had been more effective. Personally I found it a bit easy to put down at the end mainly because Hasting's does labour his point, that being that modern wars between equal powers cannot be win cheaply.