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  • The Eastern Front 1914-1917

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    A groundbreaking historical study, Norman Stone's The Eastern Front 1914-1917 was the very first authoritative account of the Russian Front in the First World War to be published in the West. In this now-classic history he dispels the myths surrounding a still relatively little-known aspect of the war, showing how inefficiency rather than economic shortage led to Russia's desperate privations and eventual retreat.

    He also interprets the connection between the war and the chaos that followed, arguing that although fighting had almost ceased by the end of 1916, Russia was still in turmoil.

    Jean says: "A military history"
    "Disappointing"
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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from TheEastern Front 1914-1917?

    Drop some of the statistics, not all but some. Author continually threw too many statistics in his narrative. At times the author was just meandering aimlessly.


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    I was reluctant because of other reviews but with so little regarding the subject, I thought I’d try it. My impression is that Mr. Stone is a great academic but unfortunately a poor story teller. It’s a slow plod. Almost like reading about the three years in real time. It would be best if you knew the history of World War One well, because the author assumes that you do. Cautiously recommend for scholars of the time frame, simply because there's so little in the way of definitive material on this matter. If a casual reader of the Great War, recommend you stay clear. Consider "A World Undone" (available here), it's a general history but an excellent narrative.

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