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on 8 December 2015
In Great War terms, the Somme is the battle the British remember. Verdun is the equivalent for the French and its course is surprisingly little known in the English-language histories. Horne amply fulfils that gap. He shows himself as a superb story-teller - better, in my view, than in his Napoleon history, 'How Far From Austerlitz?' - and a writer with a sharp eye for the telling detail, as ready to describe the squalor as to hail the heroism. And that goes for both sides. My only disappointment was that his story stops short of the well earned humiliation of Nivelle.
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on 5 March 2016
I knew little of the horrors of this battle. Alistair Home writes with assurance and a wealth of detail, yet you are not overwhelmed or lost in it. The horror of man's inhumanity to man and the dehumanizing nature of this war's battles are revealed with short sharp examples. He doesn't wallow in the mire and gore but you are left stunned at times. One of the better accounts I have read simply because he keeps the detail so simple.
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on 23 August 2017
Very good book, probably the best on Verdun. I found it well written and easy to read with lots of interesting information.
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on 2 June 2016
The definitive account of the battle even after all these years. Horne's writing style creates a very natural feeling 'flow' which engrosses the reader.
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on 9 December 2016
Great book, one of the best military history books ever written
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on 17 April 2016
Great read before visiting Verdun this year for 100th Anniversary
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on 6 October 2016
Well written and very readable history of the long drawn out horror that was the Battle of Verdun
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on 13 September 2016
Harrowing.
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on 29 September 2015
An excellent account of this critical battle in WW1. An ideal companion and pre-reading for anyone conducting a battlefield tour of the region.
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on 24 June 2016
Book as described and speedy delivery . So everything satisfactory.
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