John Masefield's Great War (Hardback)
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John Masefield wrote four books on The Great War: Gallipoli, The Old Front Line, War and the Future and Battle of the Somme. These have been acclaimed as perceptive and beautiful crafted works, which bring home the full horror and hopelessness of war. This is the first opportunity for historians and general readers to purchase all four in a handsome yet reasonably priced volume, which is collectable. In addition there is a full introduction by Dr Philip Errington, the leading Masefield authority who is head of Sotheby's Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts. This rare collection is rounded off by a selection of shorter pieces by the hugely popular Poet Laureate.
Gallipoli was the brainchild of two brilliant men – Kitchener, the political head of the British Army in 1914 – and Churchill, the political head of the Royal Navy. Success at Gallipoli would have shortened the First World War by opening up a sea route to Russia and made sure that she remained a powerful ally of Britain and France. The Gallipoli expedition is judged by most historians to have been a tragic failure, brought about by a host of unexpected misfortunes. This book demonstrates that the expedition was doomed before it began. The size of the invading army was too small – which was…By John Philip Jones
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