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A BOOK TO RELISH,
This review is from: The Great War: 1914-1918 (Modern Wars In Perspective) (Kindle Edition)
This is a brilliant book by one of the outstanding historians of the Great War. The introductory chapter should be reauired reading for all who wish to understand the late 19th century, without which the war is incomprehensible.
The remarks by some reviewers about an academic text are common and amusing. There seems to be a view that academic texts are dangerous and difficult to read and understand. They are only so if badly written and replete with jargon. This book is not in that category.
Anyone wishing to understand the war and the complex events leading up to it should read this account. It will dispel the countless myths and bias of so many books about this tragic event.
For battles go elsewhere. There are around 1200 books available in the English language alone that will give readers a view of these. Many however are dreadfully inaccurate and biased. The reduction of the chaos of battles to a clear cut description plus of course often dubious maps will always result in a very partial picture of what really took place. This author's book on Ypres is a rare exception.
A very highly recommended book. It is in the top best 50 or so.