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Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780304366590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304366590
  • ASIN: 0304366595
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... convincing and highly revisionist... Myth after myth about [the generals] collapses before Corrigan's minute and wittily presented research... Corrigan peppers his book with statements that read outrageously at first but which he then backs up with devastating statistics ... This punchy book does not go over the top.' (Andrew Roberts MAIL ON SUNDAY 28/9/03 )

'This fine revisionist book on the First World War amounts to a frontal bayonet charge on a well dug-in enemy, with no quarter given. The title 'Mud[...etc]' gives a hefty hint as to the book's content: a highly effective rebuttal of the "Lions led by Donkeys" school... Corrigan is a combative, persuasive and very readable historian.' (Gary Sheffield THE INDEPENDENT (2/8/03) )

'Gordon Corrigan has set out to expose this popular view, or myth as quite simply not in accordance with fact. To this task he brings a mass of evidence coupled with an ability to write clear, crisp, highly readable narrative.... MUD(etc) should be in every school library - and studied with an open mind by all who teach the young about the Great War.' (Correlli Barnett DAILY MAIL (18/7/03) )

'..this is no mere hagiography or turgid, blow-by-blow account of battles which, frankly often seem repetitive. Corrigan's book is a fascinating read because he sets it up as a trial by jury. Each chapter (and they can be read in what order you please) takes a specific 'myth' of the Great War and subjects it to a test of evidence. The result - even if you want to disagree with Corrigan's overall thesis - is gripping.' (George Kerevan THE SCOTSMAN (19/7/03) )

'Corrigan has fashioned a pugnatious case, stripping away many of the misunderstandings and falsehoods that have settled as if they were established truths in the popular imagination.' (Graham Stewart THE SPECTATOR (9/8/03) )

'The generals were all incompetent buffoons who didn't care who they sent to their death. That's the accepted view of British leadership in WW1. Not so says Gordon Corrigan in his revisionist account of the war.' (LIVING HISTORY (Aug 03) )

'Any historical novelist planning a novel about the First World War who doesn't buy this book deserves Field Punishment Number One.' (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW (AUG 03) )

'It is hard to quarrel with arguments so clearly and rationally presented, arguments well sustained by detailed evidence from official records... The seriousness of the author's theme is, however, pleasantly lightened by shafts of humour and the inclusion of amusing asides... This readable yet scholarly book will provoke discussion but may have come too late to change received opinion of the Great War.' (SOLDIER (lead review) Aug 03 )

'Corrigan's depiction of the army grounded in his own experience. A fascinating and refreshingly different book.' (THE ARMOURER (Sept/Oct 03) )

'This is a welcome addition to the revisionist view of World War One. Corrigan tackles head on the myths propounded by author such as Alan Clark... he produces a more balance view of the events of 1914-18... A good argumentative tone is struck thoughout the book.' (MILITARY ILLUSTRATED (Oct 2003) )

'Gordon Corrigan's Mud Blood and Poppycock offers a witty and revisionist history of Britain and the Great War.' (HISTORY TODAY (November 03) ) --Daily Mail

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The true story of how Britain won the First World War.

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