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Hew Strachan, more than most other authors on the First World War, gives a sense of its global involvement. The initial war in Serbia is described in some detail; the Eastern front gets almost as much attention as the Western front; the war in the Aegean consists of more than just Gallipoli; and there's a whole chapter devoted to the war in Africa. This is probably the best one-volume description of the military action of the war. Where Strachan falls short is in his evocation of the impact of the war on the soldiers fighting it: the mud, the despair, the endless shelling, the body parts blown out of the ground by fresh shelling. But in terms of what he set out to do, it's an outstanding account. The narration by Clive Chafer is serviceable but not particularly emotional.
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I don't know if it was my OCD, but the narrator used a distinct and consistent cadence that I found hard to get past. His sentences had a distinct speaking pattern that never seemed to vary and made the material very dull. The story seemed to assume a lot of geographic knowledge that the newcomer to this history probably wouldn't have. If you had some significant knowledge of WW1 before you read this book, it might be better. If you know basics of the War and want to get more in depth, this probably is not a good book to go with.
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