A dazzling and iconoclastic account of the terrible disaster of 1914-1918, which had hardback sales of over 6000 copies. Stone distils a lifetime of teaching about WWI into one short volume, in a terse, brilliantly written, opinionated and witty way. With 14 million dead, 20 million wounded, and the destruction of 4 empires, this war had huge repercussions. 'It fizzes with life and sparkles with aphorisms tossed off with aplomb, along with condemnations and commendations alike...' Nigel Jones, "Sunday Telegraph"
Norman Stone is one of Britain's most celebrated historians. For the period 1984-97 he was Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Professor Stone's publications include The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (Winner of the Wolfson Prize and published by Penguin) Hitler and Europe Transformed. He lives in Oxford and Istanbul.