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Like many I am sure, I have read + listened to a lot of World War ! and World War 2 books. Not sure why I chose this book ( somewhat on impulse) as, of late, I have "moved" out of these two eras in search of other histories - Napoleon, Rome, American Civil War etc. But I ended up being enthralled ( engaged) with "Passchendaele". Mr Ham is an excellent story teller, both about the leaders ( Lloyd -George, Haig) and the war as experienced by "ordinary soldiers". His writing is clear, precise, opinionated ( in a good way) and ( at times) moving.
As a Canadian, I am embarrassed to say I knew little about Passchendaele ( this, along with Vimy Ridge, is considered a battle in which the Canadians stood out ( and stood apart from the British for a change) and Mr Ham does a good job in outlining their role. Although notionally told from an "Aussie" viewpoint, "Passchendaele" is really about this one senseless battle in the context of the whole war ( the latter which he explains in background as we proceed)
Mr Meldrums narration added to my enjoyment.
An excellent book
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Five stars are not enough, wish now I could visit these hallowed grounds to pay my respects in person.
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I'm not a stranger to history books or ww1, but this book as a perfect balance of narrative and fact. it puts forward an unbiased view of the most terrible parts of human history.
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Would you listen to Passchendaele again? Why?
A wonderful narration. A vivid account of Passhendaele in it's narrow and broad scoop
What other book might you compare Passchendaele to, and why?
The Second World War by Anthony Beevor
Have you listened to any of Robert Meldrum’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No I haven't
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Accessible to all!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful