With the last survivor of the Great War dying, there is nothing personal to connect a new generation to a great event in history that did so much for better and for worse to shape the years that followed.
NAME: The Great War Explained
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Philip Stevens
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: The Great War, WWI, The First World War, trench warfare, politics, technology, social history, 1914-1918
DESCRIPTION: Thousands of books have been written about the two major conflicts of the Twentieth Century. Every aspect has been covered from every direction in an attempt to satisfy the veterans and enthusiasts. With the last survivor of the Great War dying, there is nothing personal to connect a new generation to a great event in history that did so much for better and for worse to shape the years that followed. Historians and enthusiasts will have little difficulty in reading the new books which will continue to be published, defying any belief that there is nothing left to say about WWI. However, as the author noticed, there is a lack of text that explains the background and events of what is a complex subject. He has produced an excellent introduction for the layman. For anyone who wants to begin to study the conflict, this is an invaluable starting point. The overview that it presents includes graphic explanations, tables, data, personal testimony from those who have now passed into history, and none of it requires previous study to understand. That is an important achievement. This book will also appeal to enthusiasts because it contains timelines and perspectives that are often lacking from the products of historians. In view of the topics, it is difficult to describe this book as enjoyable, but it is evocative, moving, informative, and rewarding.