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This review is from: World War One: A Layman's Guide (Kindle Edition)
When I first read the blurb about this book I thought it sounded like a great idea. And, yes, it was. The chapters are short and the reader is taken through the main episodes of the war in short, concise chapters. But in trying to write a non-academic book the author has resorted to what I presume he sees as humorous quips and asides, and in doing this, I believe, the facets and facts of the war -- which still bring tears to the eyes of grown men -- have been trivialised, and the text made irreverent and flippant. Editing and proofreading seems to have been a probem: "reinforce" comes out as "re-enforce" and "Nivelle" as "Neville". I read 60 percent of the book before giving up. My sincere advice to the author is to go back to the manuscript and give it all another go. It would be worth it and would make the book into a five-star read.