American Heritage History of World War I

American Heritage History of World War I

by S.L.A. Marshall

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"In the Bosnian town of Sarajevo on the morning of June 28, 1914, a chauffeur misunderstood his instructions, made the wrong turn, tried too late to correct his blunder, and in so doing, delivered his passengers to a point where a waiting assassin did not have to take aim to gun them down. Two rounds from one pistol and the world rocked. The crime was the small stone that loosened brings the avalanche."

So begins Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall's compelling narrative of the American Heritage History of World War I, a book that tells the story of the Great War from Sarajevo to Versailles.

Ten million men died; another 20 million were wounded. But it was not the numbers alone that made this the Great War. The flame thrower, the tank, and poison gas were introduced. Cavalry became obsolete; air combat and submarine warfare came of age. Old dynasties disintegrated; new nations appeared.

In this book, renowned military historian Marshall, a World War I veteran, describes and analyzes the origins, course, and immediate aftermath of the colossal conflict. The story begins with a look backward at a complacent world ensnared in a network of alliances. Out of this setting emerged the cunning diplomats and statesmen who maneuvered and blundered their countries into positions that made the war inevitable. Once committed, the nations of Europe aligned into two, mighty opposing forces, and went jauntily into war, each confident that the conflict would be over before it really began.

Marshall follows the personalities, strategies, errors, and the unremitting slaughter of the next four years. The story ends with the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles, which sowed the seeds that would plunge the following generation into another world war.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150398177
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 205,207
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall, in the words of Carl Sandburg, "rates among many of us as the greatest of writers on modern war." He enlisted in the army on June 11, 1917, a month before his seventeenth birthday, and fought in the Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Ypres-Lys campaigns of World War I.

Between World War I and II, he worked as a journalist and editor. He entered military service again after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was named chief historian of the European Theater. During the Korean War, he served as an operations analyst for the U.S. Eighth Army.

General Marshall's other books include Blitzkrieg, Pork Chop Hill, and The River and the Gauntlet.

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