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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511704
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Immensely readable and informative . . . belongs in the possession of anyone interested in what the greatest British military thinker of this century has to say (Soldier)

Liddell Hart makes the complicated scene intelligible to the reader with the minimum of effort, and yet incorporates an apt and telling comments at every turn (The Times Literary Supplement)

The outstanding military historian (Sunday Express)

Scrupulously accurate, brilliantly lucid (British Army Review)

Brilliant ... the best one-volume history of the First World War ever likely to be wriiten (Naval Review)

It was always his special talent to be able to express military situations in telling and limpid phrases which would stick in the reader's mind (Daily Telegraph)

Remarkable for its clarity and objectivity ... it remains outstanding: for those familiar with its subject, illuminating and thought-provoking; for those new to it and wishing to know what happened in World War I, the best place to begin (Western Mail)

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A first class one volume History of the Great War written by someone who actually fought in it.
Not by some revisionary historian who waited until all the Heroes had died, before they crept out of the woodwork.
What cannot speak cannot lie, and the thousands resting in Flanders soil are a silent witness.
To the ineptitude of the Politicians and the Generals
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This book is a clear and detailed analysis of the reasons for the blow-out of the WWI and of the development of the conflict. THe author is the famous historian and expert of military theories Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart.
The first 80 pages are dedicated to the origins of the war that he attributes to the supremacy of the generals above the politicians, for all the most important nations : Germany was scared by the Russian rearming, Austria was scared by the new Serbia (that doubled her population after the Balcanic wars 1912-13); Russia was scared by the Austro-German alliance and so on.
All the others 500 pages are dedicated to the development of the war with a great care to examine the strategical mistakes happened during the war: the British insult to the Ottoman Empire with the requisition of the two dreadnoughts under construction, the movement of the centre of gravity of the first German offensive in France, the confues ideas that brought GReat britain and France to the disastrous landins at Gallipoli, the useless series of Allied offensives on the western Front with their huge amount of losses, and so on.
This book is a precious one, don't miss it.
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It's little wonder that Liddell Hart was knighted for his contribution to military thinking. Over the years this book has gone through revisions and incarnations, and this honing shows. His insightful analyses of the tactics and strategy behind the major engagements are very carefully weighed and ultra thought-provoking. The critique spares neither combatant, neither is deference paid to the 'brass' or popular myths.

Since it is an evaluation of human endeavour in extreme conditions, it is inevitable that human frailties and failings dominate the narrative. Thus it is not a book for those seeking another stirring edition of 'war-stories'. At times, Sir Basil's cleverness somewhat convolutes the syntax, but this is small change for such a tome of distilled insight and erudition.

The book is strictly an operational history, and can be fruitfully read alongside Leon Degrelle's 'Hitler:Born at Versailles', which gives a equally but slightly less scholarily insight into the background politics that led to the conflict.
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I left the a copy of this book on the aiplain and I have purchased it again. This is a book I want to keep!
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