A new book out that attempts to resurrect Haig s Reputation But I Have Not but I have not itLest anyone doubt the power of the cast system Stephen Budiansky in Battle of Wits The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II remarks on Robert Graves entrance into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers whose members were expected to have a private income in order to play polo and hunt and keep up the social reputation of that regiment For those odd cases in which the rules were waived as in Graves situation they were always referred to as warts and were informed that they could not expect to receive a medal The Magnesium Factor for anyeats on the battlefield The donkeys were a major part of the caste systemPersico uses the last minutes of the war multiple examples of the ending of All uiet on the Western Front great book as a springboard to reflect on events leading up to the last minutes of the war Ironically often the decision when to uit ighting was left up to individual unit commanders and even though they knew the armistice had been signed and exactly when it was to take effect some decided to continue ighting until the absolute last minute Some nifty uotes Douglas MacArthur was an infantry officer known or his bravado and reluctance to stay in proper uniform When asked why he adopted this behavior he replied It s the orders you disobey that make you amous I wonder if Harry Truman was aware of that proclivity Several reviewers have complained the book wasn t kind enough to the generals nor supportive enough of the war in general Tough shit Some 6500 allied soldiers died in the six hours between signing the armistice and 1100 when it was to take effect That s appalling Other reviewers complain it s too elementary or not comprehensive etc NonsenseAfter reading WW I books one is often left with a huge uestion mark just what did the millions of deaths accomplish other than to set the stage The Summer House for Hitler and the next big one It was cousinsighting each other King George Tsar Nicholas and Kaiser Wilhelm were all grandchildren of ueen Victoria over diplomatic slights and tensions that had been brewing Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir for the previousour decades leading to misperceptions and a continuing battle between those who wanted to whip up a nationalist The Yankee Club frenzy and imperialists One can only have wished theamily might have slugged it out in the backyard somewhere rather than by killing off almost an entire generation of menPersico has done a marvelous job of integrating individual stories with their context in the larger scheme of things It s very readable and And the peace barely lasted a generation before alling apart The mark of a great book is when the contents of it bother you so much you toss and turn at night and you call your riends and The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day family members and share the gripping details of the book The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour is such a bookThey say that it would take something like a week and a halfor the war dead on the Western Front to parade past you if marching Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design four abreast For every one British soldier killed in WWII three were killed in WWI It was mass slaughter on a scale that no one had ever seen before so great that this was coined the war to end all wars But as the author said only those killed in the war have seen the last war Why was it necessaryor the Allies to plan a last minute offensive on the morning of the last day of the war when both sides knew that an Armistice was to go into effect at 11 AM So that some General officer sitting in a map room could run the British Cavalry triumphantly down the streets of Mons on the last morning of the war I was sickened by the The Magic Cake Shop fact that Canadian soldiersound veterans of irst Mons among the dead on that last needless charge At least several AEF Divisional commanders thought that this was ludicrous and ound ways to protect their men the last morning Still men were killed on the last morning of WWI than were killed on D Day of WWII Eight years after the war s end BEF Field Marshal Douglas Haig wrote a book or article about horse cavalry being the deciding actor in the next war I think this says all that you need to know about Field Marshal Haig What happened on the last morning of WWI was crimina. Inly though he ollows ordinary soldiers' lives illuminating their Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fate as the end approaches Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a reprise of all that led up to itrom the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand which ignited the war to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war's inal hou. .
N scale depravity human loss and the absurdity of it all Over 10 million men lost their lives in the war Another 30 million wounded or missing This book takes scores of personal stories rom the men who lived the war in the trenches and battlefields and puts them in the larger perspective By the end you have the picture of a war started by a political assassination blown out of proportion by ill conceived regional alliances propagated by ambition retribution and hate espoused by generals and other decision makers and American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series finally a war ended by an armistice to stop the slaughter In particular this book makes the point that even though the allied generals had confirmation of the pending armistice they STILL pushed the war machineorward to the very last minute In other words even knowing that they had essentially won the war they nonetheless continued sending thousands of young men to their deaths on the battlefield And why Pride To punish those Germans It was insanity It was criminal It makes or sad commentary on the human race This is such a well documented book offering not only to give an insight on what on the 11th November but also throughout the 4 gruesome years of the war If there s one thing I could reproach it it d just be Persico s Overlook Of Other Nation of other nation role in this war He ocuses mainly on Germany England France and the US We re given a brief overview of Russia Serbia Austria and Turkey s respective roles in the war India was then under the British colony which meant that 16 of the British army were Indians He ails to mention their role in the war All in all however this book is a detailed account of what happened of what was lost and what was gained in short nothing Persico does a great job in explaining the strategies and the utility of the war He brings emotions The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish from the past letters of soldiers to theiramiliesIf I had to describe WW1 in one word after reading this book utile From the author s introduction My purpose here is not to offer still another history of the war though I ollow its progression The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War from 1914 to 1918 I am also impatient with presentations of mankind s most violent behavior as if it were a map exercise with Jones rolling up Smith slank while the 104th supports a strategic withdrawal by the 105th And while the role of ield marshals and
*generals necessarily *is necessarily the true protagonists this story are the men in the tre About 10 years ago I watched a TV documentary called The Last Day of World War One presented by Michael Palin I was absolutely stunned by the extent of ighting that went on during the morning of 11 November 1918 What a bookIt s a very touching and intimate look at the last day of the Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art first world war and the time leading up to it But it deals with the men at theront and not the well known leaders Alice Oliver far awayrom the The Protestant Temperament fightingThe book really makes you wonder what it was all about and especially why so many men died after the war had in theory already endedAnyone interested in history and the great war should read it I vividly remember reading The Donkeys by Alan Clarke the title comesrom the phrase lions led by donkeys many years ago that described the total incompetence of the British Expeditionary Force generals in WW I They were completely unable to adapt to new technologies and insisted on ighting with tactics of previous wars Joseph Persico doesn t let them off lightly either although that s not his primary mission The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day refers to the time and date of the eventual Armistice He jumps back and orth between the Armistice and the deeds that lead up to it a process I The Radiant Child found somewhat disconcerting atirstGeneral Douglas Haig a master at manipulating his social contacts eventually rose to the top slimy oil usually does even though he ailed the entrance exams to the British Staff College usually a prereuisite or command He also had no regard The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for the machine gun unremarkable weapon that was to revolutionize the battlefield and kill virtually an entire male generation In one battle it cost the deaths of 9 men per yard gained and in most cases that same piece of ground was traded back within aew days Apparently there is. Fered than during the D Day invasion of Normandy Why Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a ast ading chance Tempting Eden for glory and promotion Joseph E Persico puts the reader in the trenches with theorgotten and the Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, famous among the latter Corporal Adolf Hitler Captain Harry Truman and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton Ma. 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour is a book that both engages andrustrates at the same time Considering the book s title as well as its subtitle Armistice Day 1918 I began reading this book thinking that Joseph Persico was going to do an in depth look at the Talking to Dragons final day ofighting in World War I However this is not necessarily the case because if you ll notice there s a second subtitle to the book World War I and It s Violent Climax Persico starts off by Three Times the Love focusing on individuals on both sides of the trenches as theinal hour of the war approaches Yet he continually jumps back into time to give a general history of the Western Front then switches to an American based history once the US enters the war in
1917 He constantly goes back and orth in his narrative introducing aHe constantly goes back and orth in his narrative introducing a of individuals at various stages of the war After a while it gets hard to remember who is who and a lot of page shuffling ensues When he The Bride of Willow Creek finally does get down theinal hours of the war he seems to speed up the pace of the book so that the actual events of Nov 11 get a less than satisfactory overview All of this detracts GREAT INVESTMENT, THE from otherwise is a decent book that explores the lives of the men in the trenches and the utterly horrific conditions they enduredor our years He also does a good job of revealing the pointless deaths of thousands of men in the inal hours of the war when both sides knew the end was near yet the Allied officers continued to press on with their attacks 111111 is worth reading The Lively Art of Writing for the humanace it puts on the First World War but be warned if you like your histories to start at point A and end neatly at point histories to start at point A and end neatly at point this probably isn t the book or you 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour by Joseph Persico is an interesting and captivating book covering not only the inal moments of the Great War but also offering a general history of the war rom its beginning in 1914 The author ollows a number of characters great and small throughout the narrative We ollow the paths and inal ate of a number of soldiers rom America Britain France and Germany We also get glimpses of those who control their destiny Foch Haig Hindenburg and Pershing The story is well told and you ll ind yourself ollowing the lives of these men and women intensely mostly with the knowledge of what is to come but still drawn into the inal agonising moments before the end The #Book Can Jump About A Little From 1914 To 1918 # can jump about a little The Leadership Gap from 1914 to 1918 mentioned by previous reviewers however I did notind that this detracted Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) from the story andelt it worked well enough The book has received a Serenity Role Playing Game few negative reviews in my country Australia mainlyor the Save the Cupcake! fact that the author tends to miss the other allies Australia New Zealand who wereighting along side the Americans The Australian Imperial Force AIF served rom 1915 to 1918 on the Western Front and as a whole suffered a casualty rate of 65% the highest of any Allied army in WW1 However I can see that this book has been written mainly or an American audience and I think it has done well The author s intent to show the terribly tragedy of that Tressed to Kill final day the waste of soldiers lives by Generals in an attempt to comply with criminal inept and stupid ordersrom higher up comes through strongly Regardless of which nation those soldiers served it s a well told story and one that needed to be told I have read a uite a number of books on the Great War but this is one of the irst to bring home the utility of some of the actions carried out by supposedly intelligent leaders commanders I hope that we never The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev forget the sacrifice made by all the combatants willing or not in this most terrible War This is a sobering book and not an easy one to digest An observation in the book states that despite 4 years of war the participants still couldn tigure out how to stop the movement to battle Here we ollow French British American and German troops as they ight and die minutes before the cease ire at 1100 AM 11111918 and some even after the official end Seldom will you ind a blatant example of the madness and w What an eye opener Going into this book I didn t have much of an appreciation or WWI the events of the war or its legacy WWI blows my mind St World War I and Its Violent ClimaxNovember 11 1918 The inal hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I The Allied generals knew the The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School fighting would end precisely at 1100 AM yet in theinal hours they lung men against an already beaten Germany The result Eleven thousand casualties suf.