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From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a magisterial chronicle of the tragedy of that befell Europe in 1914 – The Great War. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both the build-up to conflict and the experiences of millions of men and women during the first months of strife. Through sharp and scholarly analysis Hastings concludes that Austria and Germany must accept principal blame for the outbreak; and whilst the human cost of this war was terrible, he argues passionately against the ‘poets’ view’, the mentality that it was not worth winning.
Through Max Hastings’s unique and interesting blend of accounts from statesmen and generals, peasants, housewives and private soldiers of seven nations, his narrative cuts through the myths and offers some striking and controversial judgements. For the host of readers gripped by Hasting’s last international bestseller, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War, 1914 is a worthy successor.