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Publisher's Summary

History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, led by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around nine million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns, and toxic gas attacks.
World War One: History In an Hour gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. World War One: History In an Hour is essential listening for all history lovers.
©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past" (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius." (MacWorld.com)
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By Sean on 09-06-12

Concise review

This provides a good overview of the major events of WWI.

Obviously, one can not go into detail in an hour when covering such an important and well documented chapter of world history. The author does a good job of progressing from event to event without editorializing or engaging in "what if?" questions.

It is a nice refresher of the major players and events from the war to end all wars.

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By Jason on 09-11-13

Good introduction or refresher

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is an hour well spent brushing up on the basic timelines of WW1. There are a few interesting back stories of the main events and it covers it well. It would be a good introduction to the story of the Great War and is well told.
However it is not meant to be a thorough book - it brushes over most of the main points. I have a bookshelf of WW1 books and this skims the surface but it is worth a read especially if you don't know much about the war.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Archduke Franz Ferdinand???!

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By Dean on 05-05-16

A worthwhile listen.

An amazing short look at a long and horrific, but still very interesting time in human history.

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By Kevin on 12-04-13

Concise History of The Great War

Is informative and insightful narrative to the events of this truly epic/horrific event in our past that shouldn't ever be forgotten. We all think we know about the these events but we all learn something new from the event leading up to 1914 . So this is a great and interesting narrative and eye opening in parts.

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By Daniel Stockwell on 04-13-16

Too much info

Short books such as this tend to be hit and miss. Particularly when there is too much information to include. Rather than providing a summery of WW1, the author attempts to cram everything into the hour.

The performance is fine but sometimes rushed.

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By Nathan on 10-23-15

Exam Saver

Helped me study for a major exam. Great narration and described well.
The climatic ending also made me laugh. Well chosen quote to bridge to the next audiobooks.

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