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The author of the book: H.P. Willmott
ISBN: 0756624592
ISBN 13: 9780756624590
Language: English
Edition: DK Publishing
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
Format files: PDF
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I picked this up in one of the Smithsonian museums (the 2009 edition), thinking they probably wouldn't be offering it if it were too cheesy, and because of the wonderful selection of well-reproduced photographs and illustrations. I had rather low expectations for the text, which was secondary for me. This being the hundredth anniversary of the last year of the War, I decided to read it, ten pages a day, to refresh my memory.

I was pleasantly surprised. I found a few typos, but I wasn't finding obvious errors. Willmott tries not to be too editorial in his opinions of the commanders and political figures, but he lays the evidence down pretty clearly. Kings, Emperors, and Prime Ministers get very little coverage. He is rather generous to Woodrow Wilson, noting that Germany and Austria-Hungary grasped the offered 14 Points when they agreed to the Armistice, but Wilson immediately added extortionate demands. The book is good at explaining that Germany and its allies were unravelling completely and suddenly, so that the details of the process hardly mattered. What I'd complain about is that it is insufficiently clear that the 14 Points ended up being meaningless in the actual negotiations and surrenders.

The selection of topics and illustrations is impressively efficient and wide-ranging. I also like the inclusion of several pages of information on war memorials and museums around the world. If you want a sense of the War and its period, this is a sound choice.

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Ebook World War I read Online! Hedley Paul Willmott (H.P Willmott) is a widely published military historian, author, former Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has written extensively on modern naval and military history.

He is retired and lives in Surrey, England.

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