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Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I [NOOK Book]

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The Battle of Verdun during the First World War stands as one of history’s greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood.

Although British historians have always seen Verdun as a one-year battle designed by the German chief of staff to bleed France white, historian John Mosier’s careful analysis of the German plans reveals a much more abstract and theoretical approach. From the very beginning of the war until the ...
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Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I

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Overview

The Battle of Verdun during the First World War stands as one of history’s greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood.

Although British historians have always seen Verdun as a one-year battle designed by the German chief of staff to bleed France white, historian John Mosier’s careful analysis of the German plans reveals a much more abstract and theoretical approach. From the very beginning of the war until the armistice in 1918, no fewer than eight distinct battles were waged there. These conflicts are largely unknown, even in France, owing to the obsessive secrecy of the French high command.

Our understanding of Verdun has long been mired in myths, false assumptions, propaganda, and distortions. Now, using numerous accounts of military analysts, serving officers, and eyewitnesses, including French sources that have never been translated, Mosier offers a compelling reassessment of the Great War’s most important battle.

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“Mr. Mosier [is] one of the more entertainingly contrarian military historians writing today.”—The Washington Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101621387
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 66,829
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author


John Mosier, who earned his Ph.D. at Tulane University, is a professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he teaches courses in film, modern European literature, and the 18th-century novel. His books on the World Wars, including The Myth of the Great War and Hitler vs. Stalin, have given him a reputation as a leading revisionist historian.

 
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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    "Verdun" is an entertaining historical book that chall

    "Verdun" is an entertaining historical book that challenges the reader to set aside what they had previously read and learned about this Word War I battle.
    If you enjoy reading about World War I, then you truly will enjoy this book. It is filled with facts, maps, photographs and challenges the reader at every turn to think again about the battle for Verdun. As its title states this book is all about "The Lost History of The Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This is THE best book I have ever read on WW1. The insanity of the commanders, on both sides, is astonishing , and you might argue, criminal. Millions of lives squandered. For what? Everyone knew the Armistice was to take effect at 11AM on 11/11/18 and they still had to send men to their deaths with an attack at 10:30AM. Sad, very sad.
    I could not put this book down. A must read

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