1. Well written, balanced, hard to put down. (S.F. Dorset)
2. A lovely book, enjoyable dissertation style, build up to events of 1914 sound and very clever. (R.O. Dorset)
3. Well researched, entertaining and informative. (R.H. Besano, Italy)
4. Educational and enjoyable, fresh perspective and plain language make it easy to read and understand. A good book for the war historian and an excellent book for the interested, non historian Blog comment.
5.Enjoyable, bit like a thriller, had to get back to it to see what happens next. M.P. Dorset.
6.An alternative perspective of the Great War, fascinating reading, interesting and informative, examines all aspects of the implication of events as war approached in 1914, then how it had to be fought.
If this book had been available during the years of my teaching career I am confident my colleagues would have used it as a valued text for studies of the period and a significant starting point for student reading.
D.L. previously Head of School of Business studies, Bournemouth College/University.
An author profile as encouragement to read this book is assured of being of only limited appeal. A novice writer (vintage 1935) without academic education or pedigree as a writer is short on the basics of a good promotional theme; better by far to profile the book.
Written in a lively plain language style, using topic based chapters the text deal with the social, industrial, political, and military history of the nations who went to war in 1914; then deals with the personalities and events that defined the progress of the war without concentrating on the details of specific battles.
The reader is asked at various key points in the text to consider the alternatives. An analysis is provided for comparison of casualty statistics and inevitably attention is drawn to some of the warnings that the Great War was only act I of the great European tragedy of the twentieth century. tragedy are highlighted.