If we could understand its loves, as well as its hates, we would be nearer to understanding the mystery of human life.
Why did the great nations of Europe, enjoying the highest level of prosperity and freedom in the history of the world, suddenly throw themselves into war against each other? And why didn’t they stop before they were financially ruined, their leaders disgraced, their populations imbued with racial hatred, and 10-million of their finest young men dead on the fields of battle? Keegan, a teacher at Britain’s Sandhurst military academy, tries to make sense of it all, using episodes from the war to show how generals, politicians, and ordinary soldiers became caught in a tragic unfolding of plans they could neither foresee nor control. This is history at the highest level.
Check the BPL catalog for this title: The First World War