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Book Title: The Split History of World War I|
The author of the book: Michael Burgan
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Edition: Compass Point Books
Date of issue: November 1st 2014
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A very cursory summary of WWI that didn't really affect me in any way except to cause me to shake my head a few times at the amount of casualties; it did not grip me in the narrative like Truce did. It read much like the textbook in 8th grade Social Studies, although it added a bit more detail. To neutralize the benefit of added detail, it lacked maps which are necessary to envision what's going on. For example, how does an 8th grader envision the Triple Entente and Central Powers with no map in the book? The student would need supplementary materials such as an atlas or...the Social Studies textbook.
One of the interesting facts I learned was that the first gas used as a weapon by the Germans was chlorine, and this part of the text did use the words of a British soldier to describe the horrendous effects. I wish there was more of that kind of description.
This brief summary of WWI ends in the middle of the book, and then you have to flip the book upside down and read the same thing from the point of view of the Central Powers. Here, you realize that the perspective was totally Allied-based. From the German perspective, you see that German and Serbian citizens were starving to death, living on turnips and makeshift coffee made out of barley (?). I thought that was pretty interesting and I did like this unique format, although at times it did get a bit boring because some of the events are the same from both perspectives and you feel like the book is being repetitive.
So this wasn't my favorite book on WWI, but it offers something unique to the collection in that it demonstrates the concept of perspective, point of view in the narration of events.
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