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The World Crisis, 1911-1918

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Fascinating Tale of Strategic Choices and Consequences

    Superbly written and very enterntaining to read. Churchill offers a distinctly one-sided, i.e. British, view of the Great War. The book provides insights and strategic consequences missing from the typical North American historical perspective. Fans and critics of Churchill alike will gain perspective and amazement of the choices made by men in supreme power. Two Chapters, The Blood Test and Falkenhayn's Choice, should be required reading for all Americans that evaluate and report on foreign policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    A Must Read for the Serious Historian

    A blend of autobiography, biography, and first person obersavtion by one of the most connected people of the 20th century. It can be a tad intimidating for the budding historian since Churchill assumes the reader is as familiar with the more subtle points of British history as he is. Students of military history and logistics will be particulary interested in the first few chapters of the book in which Churchill chronicles his actions as the First Lord of the Admiralty (1911 - 1915). Key points include the moderization of the British naval forces, new weaponry, improved organization, and the formation of the British Naval Warfare School. The detailed discussion of the transition of the British fleet from coal to oil power goes a long way in explaining the British involvement in the Middle East following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and partitioning of the Middle East via the Versailles Treaty of 1919. Not an 'easy read' but one well worth the effort.

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