• The Great War

  • A Combat History of the First World War
  • By: Peter Hart
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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By: Peter Hart
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Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by The Economist

World War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. Millions died; empires collapsed; new ideologies and political movements arose; poison gas, warplanes, tanks, submarines, and other technologies appeared. "Total war" emerged as a grim, mature reality.

In The Great War, Peter Hart provides a masterful combat history of this global conflict. Focusing on the decisive engagements, Hart explores the immense challenges faced by the commanders on all sides. He surveys the belligerent nations, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and strategic imperatives. Russia, for example, was obsessed with securing an exit from the Black Sea, while France - having lost to Prussia in 1871, before Germany united - constructed a network of defensive alliances, even as it held a grudge over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine. Hart offers deft portraits of the commanders, the prewar plans, and the unexpected obstacles and setbacks that upended the initial operations.

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Well Done!

Peter Hart’s work and writing is superb. It is a compelling story. The narration is excellent.

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Another great book by Peter Hart, but it’s nails on the chalkboard to listen too.

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One of the seminal works in WW1

This book, Hew Strachen’s work of the same name and The World Undone are the three books I recommend to anyone wanted to get a really well rounded accounting of WW1. Lucky for us all three are on Audible. I would put this one in the middle. The World Undone read by the late Robin Sachs’s is in a league of its own. Following next is this one. If you’re interested in The Great War, absolutely give this one a listen.

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One of those books i didn't want to end.

I had a great time listening to this book. It doesn't just focus on the Western Front in WwI; it covers most areas of the war. A very good listen. I'll probably listen to it again at some point.