Deserves all its critical and commercial success, a superb read above all. However familiar you might be with the story of the Great War, you will find fresh stories and insights here. Above all, I came away with the impression of how truly global and varied a conflict it was. In each section Saul David brilliantly zooms from the particular and personal to the bigger picture and back again, giving at once emotional punch and strategic overview. Very cleverly done, without you really noticing - truly accomplished popular history writing. Each section stands alone, but each makes you want to press on to the next. Thoroughly recommended. I couldn't put it down.