Fighting the Great War

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 415 pages
Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history based on the latest research and insights into the soldiers, commanders, battles, and legacies of the Great War. Tracing the war from Verdun to Salonika to Baghdad to German East Africa, Neiberg illuminates the global nature of the conflict. More than four years of mindless slaughter in the trenches on the western front, World War I was the first fought in three dimensions: in the air, at sea, and through mechanized ground warfare. New weapons systems--tanks, bomber aircraft, and long-range artillery--all shaped the battle environment. Moving beyond the standard portrayal of the war's generals as butchers and bunglers, Neiberg offers a nuanced discussion of officers constrained by the monumental scale of complex events. Diaries and letters of men serving on the front lines capture the personal stories and brutal conditions--from Alpine snows to Mesopotamian sands--under which these soldiers lived, fought, and died. Generously illustrated, with many never-before-published photographs, this book is an impressive blend of analysis and narrative. Anyone interested in understanding the twentieth century must begin with its first global conflict, and there is no better place to start than with Fighting the Great War.

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A searching study of the war to end all wars.World War I was inevitable, given the complex rivalries that existed among England, France, Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the other players in the ... Read full review

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A fine military history of the First World War. It starts with invasion and ends with armistice, so it was used in a course I took as a supplement-text to a number of other readings-- readings which ... Read full review


An Exchange of Telegrams
The German Invasion andthe Miracle of the Marne
The War in Eastern Europe
Stalemate on the Western Front
American Neutrality and the Wars for Empire
The Agony of Verdun
The Chantilly Offensives and the Somme
Collapse in the East
American Entry Vimy Ridgeand the Chemin des Dames
The Battle of Passchendaele
The UBoat Menace and War in Africa
The Ludendorff Offensives
Amiens to the MeuseArgonne
An Armistice at Any Price

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Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the US Army War College from 2010-2012.

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