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  • Excellent book

    Max Hastings book about the run up to and initial months of World War 1 makes for compelling reading. Particularly interesting is how Austria's wish to punish Serbia spiralled to total war. There are many anecdotes from people that give the book a human scale. The change from optimism to the realisation of what total war actually meant and the early realisation that the war would last for a number of years is very striking. An excellent if at times chilling read.

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  • Outstanding, witty and unbelievably sad.

    Hastings balances politics, military history and personal idiosyncratic aspects with factual chronological details very well indeed.

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  • Perfect reading

    Like the attention to detail. The author tells you everything you need to know...

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  • Catastrophe: Europe goes to war in 1

    A well written and researched book the subject of which never ceases to astound me with the callous disregard of life. The consequence of the WW1 carnage still lingers today.

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