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An excellent book that I would reccommend to anyone.,
This review is from: The First World War (Paperback)
Coming from a generation whose grandparents were involved in the Second and not the First World War, before I read John Keegan's book my only knowledge of the whole affair was limited. Although I had heard of names such as the Somme and Ypres and the great suffering that occurred there, I knew little else. Keegan's book has enabled me to increase my knowledge of this era ten fold.
Though, quite often books on war can be dry, Keegan's style of prose makes the book flow more like a novel, while still maintaining the correct tone for such an horrific passage in History, thus making this an ideal book, for those, who like me want to gain a greater insight into the War. The greatest achievement of the book though, is its objectivity. Keegan avoids, and rightly so, laying the blame with any one nation and instead focus on the war itself.
An excellent book that I would reccommend to anyone.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 18:10:29 BDT
another reader says:
An enlightening book on some aspects of the Great War is Correlli Barnett, The Swordbearers: Supreme Command in the First World War. A study of Moltke, Jellicoe, Pétain and Ludendorff. Beautifully written, it considers tactics and strategy as well as engaging cultural differences between the combatants as these affected the war
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