The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History Of World War 1

The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History Of World War 1

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by John Mosier, Ltd. Literary Agency East
     
 

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Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans

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Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans.

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ISBN-13:
9780062084118
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2011
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
373,286
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Mosier is the author of The Myth of the Great War. He is full professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans, where, as chair of the English Department and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he taught primarily European literature and film. His background as a military historian dates from his role in developing an interdisciplinary curriculum for the study of the two world wars, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 1989 to 1992 he edited the New Orleans Review. He lives in Jefferson, Louisiana.

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Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In all, it can be summed up as such: IF Germany was all the while in the process of 'losing' the First World War, it was not related to ground losses. As such, the charges of many that the German commanders were incompetant, and 'bungled from one disaster into another,' are entirely baseless...and in fact quite disconnected from the facts as they were occurring. As the author points out in the work, the Central Powers, with the German Army as the major player, not only contested but eliminated at least one major opposing power per year until the arrival of United States reinforcements turned the tide against them. From what this author has now explored through Mosier's work, the Allied blockade of German seaports was fantastically more successful than any ground offensive even remotely came to defeating Wilhelmian Germany...and even that 'Allied success at sea' remains somewhat suspect. I recommend this book to anyone interested in military history and political history, both from the standpoint of a revision of Germany's battlefield prowess and from a branching off point for future in-depth study of just how the British and French --democracies-- were so successful at propagandizing not only their citizenry, but the United States of America as well as even eventually themselves, into believing that they, unassisted, were on the cusp of total victory, rather than the complete opposite. Upon being enlightened by Mosier's material, this author can't help but theorize that the second war's German propoganda campaign, conducted by Josef Goebbels, not only now faces stiff competition for the title of most effective in history, but may have even learned something from the Allies during the first. A work for every serious collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Offers a new perspective on the Great War. Mosier provides much detail in building and supporting his arguments that the Germans were winning. However, when it comes to how the Americans saved the Allies, Mosier runs out of steam and doesn't close the sale. Even though the ending is less than satisfying this is a book worth reading.
erhenry2001 More than 1 year ago
Until I read this book I bought into the same propaganda that our side had been spewing since 1914, but that's all over now. Now when I read the books I've got about the 1st World War, I find myself reading between the the lines and see that Mosier is very accurate. The fact that I didn't get that before is humbling. I've always been fascinated by this war as it set the stage for, and was the chief architect of the 20th Century. Seeing it now with some more open eyes, I'm even more fascinated. A VERY GOOD BOOK AND A VERY GOOD READ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely engaging and thorough book.  Through looking at previously unexamined evidence, Mosier is able to unravel the truth of many of the First World War's greatest encounters.  He exposes the myths about German casualty numbers propagated by the victorious allies, and brings to light the utter superiority of the Germans over almost all of their adversaries through thoughtful and inventive tactics.  If one really wishes to understand the First World War, they must read this book, as it changes all conventional thought on the course of this world-changing event.  
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No13 More than 1 year ago
I first read "Blitzkrieg Myth" by John Mosier and I really enjoyed it. Myth of the Great War, however, does lack some of the...verve of it's WW2 counter-part. While the historical research and thesis are still extremetly strong, the depictions of the battles and how new methods of warfare came directly into play leave something to be desired; specifically, a general understanding of how WW1 battles were conducted at the time. Descriptions like, "The Allies conducted X offensive, they were defeated/annhilated/etc." are all too common in this work. I (at least personally) would have preferred some extra description about exactly what was happening on the ground. However, besides all that, this is a very enjoyable read and the book presents its thesis well. Also, there is no lack of accounts concerning what generals, politicians, and NCO's were thinking durning the conflict. These are perhaps more important when considering the main topic of the book: that the Allies manipulated defeats into victories through use of the media and propaganda while all the time lagging behind German/Austrian military science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rings true for a number of reasons. The author looks at the German, French, British, and US Armies from the ground up, analyzing tactics and weapons, strategy and training. His conclusions are abundantly supported. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in military history.
Santiano More than 1 year ago
If your like me, the standard text book explanation of the events of WWI where never clear and left an number of questions unanswered. Even college European History classes treat WWI as a mysterious event which began with an assaination, progressed to a stalemate, and ended in a German defeat; all the while Germany is presented as being ill prepared and suffering humiliating loss after loss. This book explains and dispells the this specious ideal and shows how "German won the battles and how America saved France and England". A difficukt read I would not recommend it for a saturday afternoon reader, rather an individual with an enthusiastic intrest in history and a little background in military history (a lot of technical details and jargon).
Bob48 More than 1 year ago
Mosier does not rely on facts or historical research in telling his story. His very large number of mistakes and omissions point to the truth of the matter which is that he has a poor knowledge of the First World War.