Review: THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Michael Howard

Page Plucker recently read and reviewed The First World War by Michael Howard for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a snippet:

This one, subtitled A Very Short Introduction, was the smallest and least scary of the books I looked at. I didn’t care about the minutaea of every battle, I just wanted a bit of an overview, and this looked perfect. It’s a very slim book (though the writing inside is quite dense) with an unassuming brown cover. The first thing you see are some maps of Europe showing the positions of the Eastern and Western front, and two political maps showing how Europe looked before and after the war.

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Review: THE FIRST WORLD WAR by John Keegan

Howling Frog Books recently read and reviewed The First World War by John Keegan for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

John Keegan’s book is an overview of the entire war.  It can’t get into details or personal stories much; the perspective is from the heights.  I found it difficult to get into for this reason, though it’s not a flaw in the book–that’s just how it has to be in order to get the story told.  Still, it’s a dense book about war tactics, which is never easy for me to read.

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Review: THE FIRST WORLD WAR by John Keegan

Matt’s Book Blog recently read and reviewed The First World War by John Keegan for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

But I think Keegan, perhaps the most famous military historian still alive and working, writes about the war clearly and accurately in only about 400 pages. The book is written concisely, with clear chronological organization. He covers the different places the war was fought, even Africa. He judiciously quotes from diaries and letters the experience of foot-soldier, provides insight into the generals’ way of thinking, and gives a succinct valuation of politician PM David Lloyd-George.

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