The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I

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Penguin, Oct 12, 2000 - History - 432 pages
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You're no idiot, of course. You know that World War I was the Great War, and you're familiar with its images; muddy trenches, poison gas, and a no-man's land of craters and barbed wire.

But when it comes to understanding its causes, why it dragged on for four years, and how it set the stage for World War II, you're lost behind enemy lines. Don't wave the white flag just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I' gives you a comprehensive over-view of the first global war, from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the Treaty of Versailles. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get:
-Broad coverage of the secret treaties and en-tangling alliances that led to war.
-Comprehensive analysis of some of history's bloodiest battles, including the Somme, Tannenberg, Gallipoli, and Belleau Wood.
-Expert commentary on the development of weapons such as the thank, the dreadnought battleship, poison gas, and the German U-boat.
-Valuable insights into the war's influence on this century's political and cultural developments.

 

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Did a great job of filling in all the blanks that were left by my schools' poor history programs. My only complaint was a lack of maps, which would have helped my understanding a lot. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Duel of Doomed Empires Chapter 10 The Sick Man and Serbia
Part 3We Are the Dead Chapter12 Deadlock
A New Year and No Hope
The Gallipoli Disaster
The Other Fronts 1915
They Shall Not Pass
Italy the Eastern Front and Elsewhere 1916
He Kept Us Out of War
Allies Imperiled
Over Here and Over There
19171918
Eleventh Month
Part 6Lost Generations
Appendix B Words of
Part 1The Lamps Go

Part 4Troubled Seas and Fiery Skies Chapter 18 A Tale of Two Fleets Chapter 19 Winged Knights
Part 5Doughboys

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About the author (2000)

Alan Axelrod is a renowned historian and business writer. He was the co-author of the 'New York Times' bestseller 'What Every American Should Know About American History', as well as the 'BusinessWeek' bestsellers 'Patton on Leadership' and 'Elizabeth I, CEO'. He has written extensively on the Civil War.

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