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This review is from: Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 (Paperback)
This books achieves the awe inspiring combination of fact and entertainment. His blend of hard military information infused with vignettes of the average foot soldier, peasants, disaffected and the everyman is very heady and brings strong emotion to a table normally only adorned with the dry biscuit of troop movements and engagements.
Finally, we can read about the confused beginnings and the slow awakening that a world altering struggle was unfolding.
The reviews that have gone before are correct in their plaudits and the praise heaped upon Hastings are justly given, he is a man of strong intellect, cutting insight and is able to grasp disparate elements and describe in a way that is straightforward without being patronizing or 'dumbing down' the content.
I can see myself reading his other works for the sheer majesty of his writing and the towering aspirations that he loftily commands.
As it says on the blurb, 'we are at the hands of a master.'
Never have I read a book that has tackled a potentially arid subject with such emotion and humanity.
This should be an essential read for anyone with even the slightest bone of interest in their body about where we are today and what has shaped our modern world.