The Great War Explained (Paperback)
Great War Project
Check out the Facebook project created by Philip Stevens called The Great War Explained, a daily diary telling of an event of exactly 100 years ago on each day.
This is much more than just another book to add to the thousands on The Great War. It sets out to fill a gap. Written for the layman by a layman (who is also an articulate and experienced battlefield guide) it summarises the key events and contributions of key individuals, some well, others unknown but with a story to tell.
To get a true picture of this monumental event in history, it is necessary to grasp the fundamentals, be they military, political, social or simply human. The slaughters at Verdun, Somme and Passchendaele are no more than statistics without the stories of those that fought, drowned and died there.
It is designed to capture the imagination and feed the mind of those ever increasing number of people who seek a better understanding of The Great War.
Overall, for a compact account of the First World War, the author has done a very good job. This is a fantastic introduction to the First World War.Jon Sandison
This single volume history introduces the war in all its dimensions, and is written by someone who has served in the Army, 'with a profound knowledge of war and with the gift of communicating this complex knowledge for the general reader.' (Sir Anthony Seldon)Guards Magazine, The Journal of the Household Division
The author is to be roundly applauded for providing what can be considered an excellent and essential starting point for anyone interested in understanding the Great War.The Great War Magazine
Concise, authoritative and well written, the reader gets a clear overall view of the war which covers all the essential background, explanations of the conduct of the war and vivid personal testimonies. With the 100th anniversary now upon us, this wok would make a fine introduction to all newcomers, but those with a lifelong interest will also find much here to add to their general store of knowledge and better understanding of the conflict. A work which is eminently worth adding to your Great War collection.