Review: The First World War by John Keegan

Like Sleepwalkers, I read this because it’s coming up to the centenary of the First World War. This time I wanted to look at how the war unfolded – the tactics they used, and why it unfolded the way it did.

It is brilliant, and harrowing, and everything else you’d expect from a book on such an awful period in history.

Despite this, their are still some moments to make you smile, like

French General Foch who, faced with imminent defeat, tried to telegram “situation excellent. I attack”:

the-first-world-war-quote

All in all, a recommended read if you’re interested in this sort of thing.

That said – i it’s too dry, then I recommend you try the Dan Carlin podcast on the same subject called Blueprint for Armageddon. He really brings it to life in a way a book just can’t.

 

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