The marvellous collection of anecdotes, memories and sub stories. This is not a war book in the sense that others might think. This was a very good and interesting book. A final note concerns the perception of reception. Enlightening and moving Any additional comments? If you like Jeremy Paxman then you will This book sets out to discuss the British experience of World War I, and does so with some style and readability.
Illustrated with photographs and a map. This is a basic account of the war, touching on as many aspects as Paxman could fit into his nearly 300 pages. In fact, the politicians don't come out well. I laughed in parts, and I almost cried in parts. The well-known images - the pointing finger of Lord Kitchener; a Tommy buried in the mud of the Western Front; the memorial poppies of remembrance day - all reinforce the idea that it was a pointless waste of life. Definitely one to listen to again to cement all the data. The war had changed Britain forever, nine out of ten men returned with the greatest losses in proportion among the upper classes which led to social change, with votes for some women, full employment benefitting the poorest in society and leaving the country more equal and more democratic.
So why did the British fight it so willingly and how did the country endure it for so long? It's a book which, not surprisingly, captures snapshots of human emotion that such a bloody hell inflicted on that generation. Narration was good, nice soft voice 6 of 6 people found this review helpful Not What You Might Expect If you could sum up Great Britain's Great War in three words, what would they be? The main factory hall later on became the. The book was very factual however and has helped me to some extent in conducting effective and factual research. But for the first time in the war, Hitler did not prevail. Paxman highlights the sense of paranoia which gripped Britain in the early days of the War, as it was assumed that German spies and agents were everywhere. An informative journey through the events of the First World War.
But overall this book was interesting and informative. However Paxman is the great Newsnight inquisitor and two incisive questions are posed throughout his work. Up in the top three What did you like best about this story? Well read and well researched If you could sum up Great Britain's Great War in three words, what would they be? Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? I'm not really sure war was avoidable, I mean of course we're all supposed to think that callous politicians and bone-headed generals sacrificed the lives of an entire generation, I know we're supposed to think that, but I just wonder, what Europe would have been like has we allowed Germany to have her way. Jeremy Paxman's magnificent history of the First World War tells the entire story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. I'm not normally much for military history, preferring social history covering the period of the war, but Paxman managed to blend the two together in a way that successfully held my attention. Although the general outline of the conflict is discussed, it's the little anecdotes and vignettes of everyday life during the Great War that really stand out for me.
A judicious mix between individual stories and the 'bigger picture'. It was very well laid out and quite helpful in terms of dates and politics. A very good read of a subject that needs more thought that remembrance. Although the general outline of the conflict is discussed, it's the little anecdotes and vignettes of everyday life during the Great War that really stand out for me. The images we have all reinforce the idea that it was, in the end, an utterly pointless waste of life, and little more. I would recommend both books to all who value their freedom to live normal lives. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children.
If for any reason your order is not available to ship, you will not be charged. The dislike of the traditional, former public school boys, for the officers made up from the ranks, less so. I found this an excellent book and will probably revisit again. This is not the sort of book that you can listen to all the way through -- there was many a time when I stopped the recording to go back over something for a second or more time. Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader Britain ever had. One particular topic that made me think was the glorification of those that had died, but the revulsion at some of the men who were disfigured during battle. The first volume in the stunning four-volume Brief History of Britain series.
As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. . S: As for the accuracy of statistics stated, I haven't done my homework with related background reading, so I have treated this book as a mere point of general reference. Please be polite, and avoid your passions turning into contempt for others. The famous recruiting picture of Lord Kitchener is very well known. Both my grandfathers served and survived in that war and to be honest I had no idea what they had gone through, if nothing else Paxman's book certainly clarified that with descriptions of trench life and death. With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats.
Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Jeremy Paxman brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the war, from politicians, newspapermen, campaigners and Generals, to Tommies, factory workers, nurses, wives and children, capturing the whole mood and morale of the nation. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War? It is written plainly, and has some good insights and very thoughtful and intelligent observations about why men went to war, what the British hoped to achieve, and how our attitudes today perhaps misunderstand these fundamental ideas. Starts out promisingly, only to prove ultimately disappointing. If you like Jeremy Paxman then you will like this book, because it reads just the way he speaks. I was genuinely shocked when he implied that Britain experienced 181,000 Starts out promisingly, only to prove ultimately disappointing. Jeremy Paxman reports from within the time and period about the people of britain their concerns, beliefs, fears, and tribulations; he presents a picture that is history at street level, not from an ivory tower.
Stars are assigned as follows: 96-100% completion 90-95% completion 85-90% completion 70-84% completion 0-69% completion Inventory on Biblio is continually updated, but because much of our booksellers' inventory is uncommon or even one-of-a-kind, stock-outs do happen from time to time. Interwoven with the tales from the Western Front are the tales of anguish and turmoil of those left back at home. Paxman argues that the First World War sparked a series of changes in British society that have been steadfastly held and are recognisable today. London in the nineteenth century was the greatest city mankind had ever seen. Who better than Jeremy Paxman, that devout chronicler of the English, to write one? While these appearances were sometimes criticised as aggressive, intimidating and condescending, they were also applauded as tough and incisive.