World War I

World War I

by Samuel L. A. Marshall, Samuel L. Marshall
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World War I by Samuel L. A. Marshall, Samuel L. Marshall

The assassination of the archduke of Austria-Hungary in 1914 triggered more than a monstrous war; it set off a revolution so violent that it reshaped the thoughts and affairs of mankind, perhaps for all time. Marshall's book is a clear one-volume history of the "war to end all wars."

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ISBN-13: 9780828104340
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/01/1985
Series: American Heritage Library Series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall (1900-1977) was an accomplished journalist, a war correspondent, and a historian. One of the preeminent American military writers of our time, he wrote more than thirty books.

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jmgallen More than 1 year ago
Gen. S.L.A. Marshall’s “World War I” is a good survey study of the Great War from its inciting spark in Sarajevo through the Versailles Treaty. It consists primarily of narrative with black and white photographs of scenes and individuals involved and maps to aid the readers in understanding the course of battles. I feel that the significant facts of the War are covered albeit with the speed necessary to get through the War in under 500 pages. Although I have read a fair amount about World War I, I did learn things from this book that I did not remember from other works. I think author S. L. A. Marshall did a good job in illustrating the modifications Moltke made to the Schlieffen Plan. He brought out the lack of fertilizer as of greater importance to Germany than lack of food, made me more aware of the continuing British concern of rebellion in Ireland after the Easter Uprising and made the peace process, both on the Russian Front and at the conclusion of the War more understandable. This book is dated based on writing style, photographs and illustrations and I found Jon Keegan’s “The First World War” (see my review) to be more satisfying, but Marshall’s tome remains a worthwhile read. Historians interpret history through their own eyes, hence a fuller view is obtained by reading histories written over time. I have been trying to study World War I during the Centennial and “World War I” has served as a good refresher. I would not recommend it as a first overall history but after you have been introduced to the Great War and have read some more specialized volumes, a book like this is helpful to pull it all together and put it into context.