The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition between the world's great economies. Now, 100 years after the first guns of August rang out on the Western front, historian William Philpott reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war.
Drawing on the experience of front-line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians, and diplomats, War of Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict was fought as it was fought, as well as how the attitudes and actions of political and military leaders, and the willing responses of their peoples, stamped the 20th century with unprecedented carnage on - and behind - the battlefield.
"An astute examination by an expert war historian that sifts through the collective 'theatres of attrition' in this unprecedented slaughter." (Kirkus)
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Confusing and disorganized
I recently listened to A World Undone and loved it. I was hoping to see WWI from a different perspective and thus broaden my understanding of its history. This book is not very well organized the characters are presented with little or no back ground. The author uses very few original quotes and makes statements without backing them with evidence or quotations.
One of the most boring books that I have ever read
Only a World War One specialized historian and even in that category I'm doubtful. This 17 chapter books outlook could be summarized in one chapter. This book was extremely tiring to listen to.
I don't think so. It wasn't the narrator. No narrator could save this book. Because I waited so long to listen to it I didn't apply for a refund but I should have. I can't recommend this book to anyone. And, I AM interested in World War I.
Nothing could have saved it.
Avoid this book.
- G. Collins