Let’s be honest, says David Berry, the first world war is a global canvas of arrogance, brutality and stupidity that puts other wars—before or since—in the shade.
Lindsey German says if you read one book on the first world war make sure it is this readable and gripping account of the prelude to war, and the political and military decisions which accompanied it.
Coope Boyes and Simpson are angry and cynical: "Politicians will wave flags. It's easy to get into the pomp and glory of it, but we have to say what happened and why."
In previous wars these men would have died but the medical advances of the early twentieth century ensured that more and more of these men were able to live.