On June 28, 1914, in an outpost called Sarajevo, a terrorist act by a Bosnian Serb changed the world forever. In the wake of World War I, our social order shifted seismically. In a stunning companion volume to his highly acclaimed The Second World War, Martin Gilbert weaves together the elements that led to the First World War and its aftermath. ...
On June 28, 1914, in an outpost called Sarajevo, a terrorist act by a Bosnian Serb changed the world forever. In the wake of World War I, our social order shifted seismically. In a stunning companion volume to his highly acclaimed The Second World War, Martin Gilbert weaves together the elements that led to the First World War and its aftermath. 100 photographs; 50 maps.
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This book is a must for those of us who are trying to learn the overall story of WWI. It covers all the fronts in a fascinating and interesting way. Martin Gilberrt is an excellent writer and great historian.
Jul 10, 2008
This is a very thorough history of World War !, which gives a good picture of not only the various battles of the war, but also the consequences of the war on the social and cultural history of the countires involved. However, the maps could have been more detailed.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-10-03 Gilbert's (The Second World War) majestic opus covers WWI on all major fronts-domestic, diplomatic, military-as well as such bloody preludes as the Armenian massacre of 1915. He describes the introduction of new instruments of war like the submarine, airplane, tank, machine gun and poison gas, explaining how each was employed in great military confrontations such as Verdun and Jutland. He recounts the arrival of the American contingent (British and French brass tended at first to regard them as rabble) and Gen. John J. Pershing's struggle to prevent U.S. troops from being fed piecemeal into the maelstrom of the western front. Gilbert includes a large amount of contemporary war poetry and doggerel, which conveys the tragedy of the 1914-1918 conflict. On the whole, the author presents WWI from the human perspective, with emphasis on the grisliness and sheer waste of it. His account of the post-Armistice efforts of the international War Graves Commission starkly communicates the epic scale of the slaughter. By the distinguished biographer of Winston Churchill, this is a stunning achievement of research and storytelling on the war to end all wars. Illustrations. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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