The pity of war

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Penguin, Nov 30, 1999 - History - 672 pages
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In his highly acclaimed book, Niall Ferguson explodes many of the myths about the first world war. 'It must take a permanent place at the top of the War's historiography. It is one of the very few books whose own scale matches that of the events it describes... Ferguson is lucid and compelling... It ranks with A. J. P. Taylor's Origins of the Second World War.' Daily Telegraph ''The book, whose title is taken from Wilfred Owen's haunting poem "Strange Meeting", turns upside down almost every single preconception we have about the Great War... by turns stimulating and infuriating... thought-provoking.' Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

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An interesting take on WWI, and counter to the usualy historical line. He makes a case that it would have been beter if Britain had stood aside, leading to a much shorter and elss desctuctive war and ... Read full review

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Powerful stuff, startling insights into the real costs - both human and economic - of the Great War, but a little too full of detail for the casual reader


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Niall Ferguson was born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow. He is a Scottish historian. He specializes in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His latest book is The Ascent of Money.

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