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    Posted: 12 Jun 2010 at 12:18

WHEN EUROPE WENT MAD : A Brief History of the First World War

Terence T. Finn

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Ivy House Publishing Group, 5122 Bur Oak Circle, Raleigh, NC27612 USA

UK: Amazon or, £9.47

76pp, 145×220mm, hardback.

ISBN 978-1-57197-497-6, $ 17.95

The fact that this book is written by an American for a, primarily, American audience, as part of an intended series that will cover all conflicts in which the USA has been involved, all within 76 pages, may deter British readers. I would advise against that.

What Terence Finn has done is to produce an excellent summary of the war, with its origins, political decisions and key battles described briefly and succinctly and placed in context. The American involvement, from 1917, may be pronounced but there isn’t any glorification of that nation’s part and other allied efforts get their fair mention.

The role of the air services receives brief mention, again with an American emphasis, but that should not detract from the book’s value.

There are plenty of books out there that cover individual campaigns in minute detail but anyone wanting a clear concise history of the war could probably do no better than to obtain a copy of this slender volume.

MD Volume 41 Issue 1

Edited by AndyK - 12 Jun 2010 at 12:44
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