That's not entirely a bad thing, but it does make for some kind of dry reading at times. I will publicly write it off as slander, probably on the part of a disgruntl Hello. The opening lines will never leave me: The Summer of 1914 was the fairest in living memory. But I have yet to find the telling of it that sets it ablaze. A decent book, and the second in my project to deepen my knowledge of world history.
Some time after graduation, however, I had time on my hands and actually decided to try reading the book. Some parts were also difficult to read because of my poor knowledge of African, Asian and even French geography. This made it extremely difficult to remember any of the individual battles. With all this being said, I do give the book a moderate to high recommendation for anyone looking for a western overview of the events of the War. Students, serious readers, and historians must bear this in mind and look elsewhere for any serious treatment on the issue. I was forced to go online and look up maps for all the different battles.
Only negative was that its very much a military history and there's lots of info about troops moving from her to there and back, so its easiy to get bogged down on that a bit. The author writes as if he is simply recounting a narrative of the war, as if he is a leading authority on the subject. The author inserts many wry remarks about the nature of generals and politicians, which in the end is most appropriate for this most brutal of all wars. This book was the right cure except now I am more interested in the subject. But last night, without having come close to finishing it, I returned the audio version to the library. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as an intro to the topic I recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History series Blueprint for Armageddon as an intro but for a follow up that condenses a hell of a big war into a manageable number of pages, this is a great place to go.
Grass had never been greener, nor skies bluer. Britain and France, honoring their pledge to Poland made earlier in the year, declared war on Germany on September 3. In my judgment, this is critical for one's understanding of a major military conflict. Stokesbury takes a different tack, giving a great, broad stroke overview of the incidents leading up to the start of the war and then focuses in on specific figures, the strengths and weaknesses of both the Allies and the Axis powers, and decisive incidents, diplomatic, political and military. Casualty lists reached unimagined proportions as the same ground -- places like Ypres and the Somme -- was fought over again and again. Stokesbury gives it a game try.
I am the author of the above-listed book on the history of World War Two, here to reveal that 98% of the quotes and anecdotes related in it are totally invented, and also to ask you: Does this matter? This book changed that in a few 100 pages. Additionally I think there are also more hours of documentary time dedicated to it than the war actually lasted. In my search for a readable history of World War I, I have finally found this work. Woodrow Wilson comes off as a bit unreasonable, in the book, at one point refusing to even begin diplomatic talks with the Germans until the constitution was changed to give the Kaiser less power. By listening to this audiobook, I attempted to educate myself where I had a vast gap in my knowledge of world history.
My only complaint is that the prose is a bit uneven: stale, functional prose gives way to flowery bits about the wasted generation abruptly. The author moves quickly, giving praise where needed a rare event in this war and handing out criticism to everyone else. I liked all the military statistics for the various theaters and battles. Oil, I was surprised to learn inthis book, was one of the factors that enticed the world into a huge and incredibly destructive war almost a century ago. Additionally I think there are also more hours of documentary time dedicated to it than the war actually lasted. They consisted of the Peace of Versailles with Germany, the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye with Austria, the Peace of Neuilly with Bulgaria, the Peace of the Trianon with Hungary, and the Peace of SÈ res with Turkey, later modified by the Peace of Lausanne.
Stokesbury writes a book that gives enough detail to make you appreciate just how awful trench warfare was, while keeping it readable. My only quibble is that, like most books that cite numerous geographic references towns, rivers, mountains , the few maps provided here didn't include many most? To position yourself in time, make sense of a world that you have no way of proving you did not invent? Unsurprisingly, I completed the entire course without ever sitting down and reading this or any of the other assigned works, instead simply skimming for what information I needed and showing up to all of the marvelously entertaining lectures. It's always interesting to discover the roots of so many of our current issues in our past. Everything's here, if only too briefly in some instances e. The book was very well written with what appears to be a completely impartial view by Stokesbury. It isn't for the serious Historiographer. Let me start with what this book isn't.
None of these developed, largely because the United States, Germany, and Russia were not members, and because the British dominions were unwilling to commit themselves to minding distant neighbors' houses. A fast Read though for the important info of the war. By listening to this audiobook, I attempted to educate myself where I had a vast gap in my knowledge of world history. There are a few times where he acknowledges the broader field of literature, but this lands this work squarely into popular history. Stokesbury, James Stokesbury Number Of Pages 416 pages Series Short History Format Paperback Publication Date 1980-01-01 Language English Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Publication Year 1980 Additional Details Illustrated Yes Dimensions Weight 16. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
Just the right length, and amount of detail and of overview. While I've always heard the war, like many, was a series of mistakes that eventually stumbled to a conclusion; It w Always a fan of reading history I realized my World War I knowledge was somewhat limited. It tells people just what they need to know about the war. For those of you who are inclined to overrating, please don't be deterred by my 3 star review plus, its more like a 3. July 1, 2016 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history and a very dark day for the British Army.