Sir Martin Gilbert The First World War

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The First World War

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'One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century' New York Times Book Review

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Written by one of our generation's most respected historians, it charts the Great War from its inception with a rigorous attention to dates, facts and statistics but coloured in with human perspective and poetry (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century (New York Times Book Review)

Written by one of our generation's most respected historians, it charts the Great War from its inception with a rigorous attention to dates, facts and statistics but coloured in with human perspective and poetry

One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century

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The First World War was the first all-European conflict for a hundred years. Two sets of powerful states hurled against each other everything military science could devise, including poison gas. At its end, four empires had been destroyed and nine million soldiers lay dead.

Martin Gilbert's magnificent history of this terrible conflict charts week by week the events and horrors of the battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts, of the war at sea and in the air, and the effects of the war far from the front line. Written with the mastery of historical narrative which makes him such a compelling historian, and the consideration of the human experience of war that has become his hallmark, Martin Gilbert's account is not only the definitive history – it is also a testimony to the millions who lost their lives.

"Martin Gilbert – our greatest living factual historian – has produced an immensely readable epitome of one of the most complex events in history."
PAUL JOHNSON, 'Evening Standard'

"Masterly...Gilbert does not shrink from drawing the long bow of history in a way that is both revealing and salutary. His grasp of his material is enviable and the result admirable. This is everyman's history of the First World War."
LYN MACDONALD, 'Sunday Times'

"Gilbert's book is a remarkable achievement. More than most historians of the Great War, he conveys not only the vastness and dreadfulness of it all, the racial hatreds, the ridiculous ambitions, the long-nursed stories of pride, envy and resentment but also the courage, devotion and endurance that enabled true values to survive. Magnificent."
DOMIMIC HIBBERD, 'Times Higher Education Supplement'

"A life-long aversion to reading about history was triumphantly cured by Martin Gilbert's immense and absorbing work...He makes the scope and sweep of the era read like a good novel except that we would never believe these events if they were fiction."
ALLAN SHIACH, 'Scotsman'

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