Many rejoiced at the outbreak of war in 1914. Some of the most
ardent and eloquent opponents of the conflict ended up supporting
their governments. Most felt that the war would last only months.
What followed was, of course, the worst conflict man had seen.
Barbara Tuchman's history of the first three months of the war is
an excellent historical introduction, dealing with a forgotten part
of the conflict - the war of manouevre that the European powers
engaged in before beginning trench warfare that has become
synonymous with the Great War. This Abacus reissue of the
bestselling THE GUNS OF AUGUST is a brilliant military history, a
thrilling narrative that shows the leaders, the policitians, and
the generals - ordinary men who led their countries into and
extraordinary war and were prepared to sacrifice their fellow
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