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Although British historians have always seen Verdun as a one-year battle designed by the German chief of staff to bleed France white, Mosier’s careful analysis of the German plans reveals a much more abstract and theoretical approach.Our understanding of Verdun has long been mired in myths, false assumptions, propaganda, and distortions. Now, using numerous accounts of military analysts, serving officers, and eyewitnesses, including French sources that have never been translated, Mosier offers a compelling reassessment of the Great War’s most important battle.
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By E. Keenan on 01-12-14
A good book ruined by its reader
You have a worthy book about one of the most important (and, thanks to misreporting and cover-ups, least understood) battles of World War I. It was fought in France, between French and German armies, and the book recounts the action primarily from the French side. Given this, one might suppose that one of the first requirements for an audio version would be a reader who could pronounce French--or who would at least take the trouble, before tackling each passage, to learn how to say the French words in it. The producers of this audible execration took a different approach. By selecting a reader who pronounces almost every French name or term in his own uniquely wrong way, they rendered Mosier's interesting if somewhat verbose book all but unlistenable. After a valiant struggle to ignore Puh-TAYN, DJOFF-ree, the MOOZE, and countless other cringe-inducing errors, I was forced to concede defeat and turn the ghastly thing off.
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By Dan B. on 03-31-16
Many of the Great War "battle" books provide excellent detail, first hand accounts, just like Mosier's Verdun. Some, like Peter Hart's books give better detail in that respect. However, Out of all the WW1 books I've listened to, Verdun is the one where I felt like I got the most perspective and context...More "why" less how.
The narration is abysmal. The pronunciation of French names is especially bad. But it is still worth listening to, if you can get over the countless "Joffreys".
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