7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Realism trumps sentimentality,
This review is from: The War Walk: A Journey Along the Western Front (Kindle Edition)
Nigel Jones uses a modern day journey through France to peer into the grim but often heroic past of the Great War. The tragedy eclipses the triumph in many ways and the author views the past with a realism rather than sentimentality. There isn't an unhealthy fixation with war poets or class warfare, with lions led by donkeys, which can distort things.
The book is broken up well into chapters and parts of the walk. It's a shame kindle isn't map and illustration friendly though, to give a pictorial guide to journey. Another failing of book is that it could provide more of a perspective from the French and German side.
Would definitely recommend War Walk to students, as it touches upon many aspects of the narrative of the Western Front without being tainted by bad history. The book has enough depth and richness to offer something to the more knowledgeable First World War historian too.
There are better books out there on WWI, but perhaps none so accessible or useful as starting point.