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War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War | [William Philpott]

War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 William Philpott (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Adam S. 04-21-15
    Adam S. 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Military History"

    Gave it a shot after after Wall Street journal gave it a best non fiction award. It was. Little dull for me, the military history was just too vague. I wanted
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 09-15-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Factual account of misguided actions"
    What did you love best about War of Attrition?

    I am a history buff and I had no idea of just how horrific this war was. The first modern war was fought with outdated generals and politicans who were truly clueless of the cost in human suffering


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I kind of like the British Lord Kittchner and the Frech Gen who figured out how to win after millions were needlessly killed


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr Perkins is a great factual reader who brings a degree of logic to a senseless situation


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    After reading the book I couldn't go to a movie, it would be too painful to know that millions died due to complete stupity Sorry


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the book with a cast of Millions who never made it back home this was an eye opener to the fact "You don't win this War fighting the same as the Last one"

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    B. McCombs 08-05-14
    B. McCombs 08-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Confusing and disorganized"
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    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.

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