The First World War Paperback – 10 Oct 2008
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Written by one of our generation's most respected historians, it charts the Great War from its inception with a rigorous attention to dates, facts and statistics but coloured in with human perspective and poetry (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)
'One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century' New York Times Book ReviewSee all Product Description
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Futheremore, the way these aspects are interleaved - big picture narrative interspersed with personal anecdote - is managed in such a way that gives a somewhat fragmentary reading experience. I recently read an account of the WWII pacific war, Rising Sun (Military Classics) by John Toland, who managed to achieve the same goal much more effectively, by telling the big picture story through narrative accounts of individuals from all ranks and backgrounds in the theatre. So, I know that what Gilbert wanted to do can be done. I just don't think he achieves it here.Read more ›
I msut have read a different book to the some of the critics on here, GIlbert has gone to great lenghths to write about other fronts and areas where the war was fought and what was going on. For example I remember a paragraph about a British Pacific island being visited by a German warship early in the war. The people on the island were so isolated and remote they werent aware of the war and had helped the warship with supplies, unthinkable in our world of instant varied communication. They are loads of stories like this from the Russian Front, the Italinan front, the war in China, Africa, the Pacific, the USA and of course the Western front.
This is great narrative history. I would give it 10 stars.
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Far too long. Badly edite. I.E. Harold Macmillan is referred to twice as serving as a military office before it states 'Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister . . .'Published 17 months ago by R. Bristow
Ex library book, rather tatty with some muddy pages- look like paw prints!! but still usable for what I require and it did only cost me a penny.Published on 3 April 2014 by Purplemoose
This book for me has been a huge delusion, indeed usually I am very happy when I read an history book based on first-hand accounts, but here there just the accounts, and it is not... Read morePublished on 5 April 2013 by Carrosio Roberto
Very good in depth history and analysis of the causes, flow and outcome of the first world war. Something I always wanted to read.Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by Michal Zakrzewski
After considerable effort, I managed to go through the whole book. Perhaps the most annoying obstacle during the reading is the poems that Mr Hilbert stubbornly inserts everywhere. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2011 by F DEL POZO BERENGUER