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1 (Richard H. Berg, John Cannan, Richard L. DiNardo, David G. Martin, Albert A. Nofi, Wayne Michael Sarf, Kathleen B. Williams.) THE CIVIL WAR BOOK OF LISTS. OVER 300 LISTS, FROM THE SUBLIME...TO THE RIDICULOUS.
Combined Books, (Conshohocken, PA, 1993), Ist edition. 
240 pp, 8vo, soft cover. "This fascinating new handbook on the War Between the States is an invaluable source of facts, statistics, data and trivia. The wide variety of lists includes detailed topics of every description. Commanders on both sides are ranked according to the best and worst ever to lead troops during the war. A selection of casualty figures demonstrates the enormous number of lives taken on the fields of the war's bloodiest battles. The composition of the armies is given in terms of state origin, ethnic background and even average height of the troops. Lists also probe social issues such as the distribution of the African American and White populations, the elections of 1860 and 1864 and the songs and poems sung in the North and South..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light fading to spine color - lettering very legible, slight waviness to book, spine flat and uncreased. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY AND THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE.  REVISED EDITION., Altoff, Gerard T.  Illustrated by Robyn Opthoff Lilek.
2 Altoff, Gerard T. Illustrated by Robyn Opthoff Lilek. OLIVER HAZARD PERRY AND THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE. REVISED EDITION.
Perry Group, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, 1999, revised edition. 
99 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 1887794034 B&w maps/battle plans, portraits. Appendices - American / British Squadron Armament - 10 September 1813; Roll of Honor. Interior - previous owner's small stamp on inside of front cover, otherwise clean an d tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - slight bump at top of spine, tiny soft corner creases on front cover, minor rubbing. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ROLL OF HONOUR OF THE ONTARIO TEACHERS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918., Anglin, R.W., preface by.
3 Anglin, R.W., preface by. THE ROLL OF HONOUR OF THE ONTARIO TEACHERS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
Toronto Minister of Education / Ryerson Press 1922 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ 
72 pp, 9 3/16" H. Dark blue cloth with gold lettering/decoration on front board. "The information given in the Roll is arranged in the same order for all names entered. The information concerning each is written in two parts. The first part in roman type gives the name in full, the home address, the certificate held, and the professional position at the time of enlistment. The remainder in italics gives the record of miliary service in the following order: date of enlistment, final military rank and the last military unit, the country in which the teacher served outside of Canada, casualties and decorations, if any, with the dates and names of the engagements associated therewith, and finally the date of discharge (or death)." "In addition, a special list will be found at page 67 of 226 other returned men who have been prepared for the teaching profession by special courses arranged for them by the Department during the summer of 1919, and the winters of 1918-19, 1919-20 and 1920-21." Also included: 'The Honoured Dead' and 'Military Honours' lists. Very small, light "676" stamped on title page under Ontario crest, tiny scuff on title page, minor browning mark on free front endpaper, light edge wear to boards/corners, wrinkling in cloth on spine. Rear board has tiny corner bump, small air bubble under cloth, scattered tiny soiling marks, light crease in cloth at bottom. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SOUTH CAROLINA'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLEFIELDS:  A TOUR GUIDE., Barbour, R.L.
4 Barbour, R.L. SOUTH CAROLINA'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLEFIELDS: A TOUR GUIDE.
Pelican, Gretna, 2002. 
128 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 1589800087 B&w photographs, maps. "More Revolutionary War battles were fought in South Carolina that in any other state. At least 250 well-documented conflicts took place in the Plametto State, including three of the war's most decisive battles - Camden, Cowpens and Kings Mountain. This easy-to-use handbook gives precise directions for driving and hiking to the actual locations where forty-five of the most exciting conflicts occurred. History come s alive as visitors to Hanging Rock learn that future president Andrew Jackson served there - when he was only thirteen. Read about British colonel Banastre Tarleton's massacre of surrendering Patriots, while standing right where it happen e d a t t h e former Waxhaws settlement. Each entry also features a summary, including the date and location of each battle, the commanders' names, and the number of fatalities and casualties on both sides." Interior - clean and tight with no p re vi o us o w ne rs hi p marks. Exterior - Tiny bump at top of front hinge. Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
5 Barker, Ralph. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I.
Robinson, London, (2002), reprint. 
507 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), soft cover. B&w photos. ISBN 1841194700 "...the compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the Royal Flying Corps who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of Wor ld War I. The RFC took part in all the major battles from Mons to the Somme, from Bloody April 1917, when the airmen suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele, up to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive and o n t o the threshold of victory. Drawing from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker successfully recreates an overview of the battlegrounds from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the pages the exhilaration of a e ri al combat in the little open-cockpit biplanes. Risking their lives for their country, suffering the strain of low-level flying, the debility of the 'shakes', and the ever-present fear that they would not return from a mission, these brave y oun g men nevertheless enjoyed comradeship and a true sense of bonding, between pilots and ground mechanics, observers and gunners." Interior - place, date and initials in ink on title page; a few pages with tiny bump/creaseat bottom corner; other wise c lean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, fainr crease on spine, small corner crease on rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RIDLEY:  THE STORY OF A SCHOOL.  2 VOLUMES IN SLIPCASE., Beattie, Kim.  With collaboration in research by A.H. Griffith  Introduction by Arthur L. Bishop.
6 Beattie, Kim. With collaboration in research by A.H. Griffith Introduction by Arthur L. Bishop. RIDLEY: THE STORY OF A SCHOOL. 2 VOLUMES IN SLIPCASE.
St Catharines, Ontario Ridley College 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - 
Volume One: 612 pp.- Volume Two's pagination runs 613-1265, 9 1/4" H, black boards with gilt lettering and school crest on front boards, orange spines with black title blocks/gilt lettering. Black endpapers with illustration by Edward Goodall. B&w photographs, reproductions. A history of Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario. Light rubbing and soiling on boards and spines. Volume One has minor discoloration at top corner of front board. Volume Two has faint foxing marks on front board, one slight corner bump. Slipcase has moderate wear and rubbing, one top rear corner is bumped. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
VIMY., Berton, Pierre.
7 Berton, Pierre. VIMY.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1986 0771013396 / 9780771013393 First Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
336 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w maps. "On a chill Easter Monday in 1917, with a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France did what neither the British nor the French armies had been able to do in more than two years of fighting. They seized and held the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front - a muddy scarp known as the Vimy Ridge. The French, who had lost 150,000 men trying to take the ridge, didn't believe it could be done. Nor did the Germans; even the British were skeptical. But the Canadians triumphed. They went over the top at dawn; by lunch time, most of the ridge was in their hands - at a cost of only ten thousand casualties. How could an army of civilians from a nation without a military tradition secure the first enduring Imperial victory in thirty-two months of warfare? The answer, as Pierre Berton makes vividly clear in his haunting account, was precisely that these men were civilians, with flexible minds unfettered by military rules." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light edgewear/wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
8 Berton, Pierre. VIMY.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1986 0771013396 / 9780771013393 First Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
336 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w maps. "On a chill Easter Monday in 1917, with a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France did what neither the British nor the French armies had been able to do in more than two years of fighting. They seized and held the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front - a muddy scarp known as the Vimy Ridge. The French, who had lost 150,000 men trying to take the ridge, didn't believe it could be done. Nor did the Germans; even the British were skeptical. But the Canadians triumphed. They went over the top at dawn; by lunch time, most of the ridge was in their hands - at a cost of only ten thousand casualties. How could an army of civilians from a nation without a military tradition secure the first enduring Imperial victory in thirty-two months of warfare? The answer, as Pierre Berton makes vividly clear in his haunting account, was precisely that these men were civilians, with flexible minds unfettered by military rules." Previous owner's signature, place and date in ink on free front endpaper; book very slightly cocked; one very small corner bump. Dust jacket has light edge wear (with a few tiny tears) - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds one edge tear with doft creases - archivally taped, light rubbing on rear panel, very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
9 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Very light browning to edges of textblock, tiny speck on top of textblock, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top of spine, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
10 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight toning in margins of pages, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light browning to spine, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
11 Brookes, Ivan S. Foreword by W. Kaye Lamb. THE LOWER ST. LAWRENCE: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF SHIPPING AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.
Cleveland, Ohio Freshwater Press 1974 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket Ivan S. Brookes. Inscribed By Author
361 pp, 11 1/4" H. Light gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, reproductions, drawings and maps (some fold-out). Inscribed on half title page: "To Edward L. Skelly / with best wishes / Ivan S. Brookes." Chapter headings: The Port of Quebec; The Island of Orleans and the Beaupre Coast; The North Channel; The Saguenay and Lake St. John; The North Shore from Tadoussac to Pointe Des Monts; Pointe des Monts to Sept Iles; Sept Iles to Anticosti; The South Shore: Gaspe to Matane; Matane to Riviere du Loup; Riviere du Loup to Quebec; Appendices: Wooden ship construction in Quebec - 1797 to 1896; Ship construction at the "Big Davie" yard, 1896 to present; Ship construction at the "Little Davie" yard, 1935 to 1968; Wrecks and Casualties on Anticosti Island, 1690 to present; Arrivals from sea at Quebec, navigation season of 1793. Top edge of page leaf 19/20 is lightly browned and wrinkled due to mis-alignment with text block - manufacturing error, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ENEMY IS LISTENING.  THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE., Clayton, Aileen.  Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier.
12 Clayton, Aileen. Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier. THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE.
Crecy 1993 0947554289 / 9780947554286 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
381 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "The story is told by Aileen Clayton who was selected to work with the Y-Service, the branch of the RAF responsible for the interception of enemy communications, at the beginning of the war. Known at the time as 'Mike' Morris, she was the first WAAF to be commissioned as an intelligence officer and was the first to be awarded the MBE for her service in this field. Her account of the development of the Y-Service and its activities in the Battle of Britain, in the Western Desert, the Middle East and the Mediterranean is a major contribution to our knowledge of the intelligence aspects of the Second World War. It is also the dramatic and frequently moving story of a very young woman doing often dangerous and increasingly complex work in what was then very much a man's world, and of a body of talented, devoted and courageous men and women whose work frequently took them into front line conditions, whether they were suffering aerial bombardment on the South Coast of England, or advancing with the tanks in the Western Desert, or taking part in the landings at Salerno and Anzio. Because of the secrecy in which their work was shrouded during the war and for years afterwards their contribution to the Allied war effort has gone largely unrecognised. (This) is finally and above all a tribute by a remarkable woman to a tenacious and gifted band of men and women." A line of very small creases on front free endpaper, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two corner creases on rear flap, rubbing on panels, three timy edge tears. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
13 Clayton, Anthony. PATHS OF GLORY: THE FRENCH ARMY 1914-18.
London Cassell 2005 0304366528 / 9780304366521 Soft Cover Good 
270 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs, maps. "French soldiers in the First World War were not as well equipped as either their German opponents or their British allies. They were worse fed too, and began the war trained in badly out-of-date tactics and wearing unsuitable uniforms. Anthony Clayton investigates how the French army adjusted to the grim realities of warfare on the western front. He takes particular interest in the soldiers' morale: how, despite appalling losses and dreadful privations, the ordinary soldiers fought on until 1917 when widespread mutinies paralysed the army. It fell to two remarkable soldiers, Marshals Petain and Foch, to retore the soldiers' faith and lead them to victory in 1918." Interior - small crease at fore-edge of first two pages, one page with soft crease at top corner, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two soft corner creases, small bump at top front hinge area, book is slightly cocked, creases down spine, spine is slightly concave, minor edge wear, slight curvature to font cover and first half of pages. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
FIGHTING DESTROYER:  THE STORY OF HMS PETARD., Connell, G.G.
14 Connell, G.G. FIGHTING DESTROYER: THE STORY OF HMS PETARD.
Crecy, n.p., (1994), revised and updated edition. 
271 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0947554408 B&w photos, maps. "In 'Petard's' first commission from 1942 to 1944, she sank three submarines, one German, one Italian, and one Japanese. Each sinking was the scene of a f ierce struggle on the surface with many casualties. Her commission was served mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a short spell with the Eastern Fleet operating out of Ceylon, during which her ship's company were awarded between them t w o G C ' s , one GM, two DSO's, four DSC's, six DCM's and several Mentions in Dispatches...besides those actions in which she was engaged, the author (gunnery control officer in 'Petard') describes her working up, her periods of relaxation, and th e me n w ho s er ved aboard her. The result is a unique record of what it was like to be in a destroyer on active service at the most critical period in British naval history." Minor bump at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor wrinkle at bo tt om of rea r h inge, two faint line indentations on rear panel, light wrinkling at top edge of rear flap. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 29.95 USD
 
 
15 Corrigan, Gordon. MUD, BLOOD AND POPPYCOCK: BRITAIN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
London Cassell 2003 0304359556 / 9780304359554 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
431 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w maps, photographs, diagrams. "The First World War was a unique experience for the United Kingdom: the only time Britain fielded a mass army that opposed the main enemy in the primary theatre of war. One consequence of this 'continental commitment' was that Britain suffered many more casualties in 1914-18 than in the Second World War, a factor that has coloured post-1945 attitudes to 'the Great War'. Yet, as Gordon Corrigan reveals, the First World War was neither unnecessary nor badly conducted - two claims made with such frequency in the 1960s that they became the new orthodoxy. The British Army did make mistakes during the First World War, but most were honest errors made by men as well trained and as well prepared as they could be, given the unprecedented expansion of the pre-1914 army into a force of over three million men and women. (He has) come to the conclusion that Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, far from being the 'butcher and bungler' of popular belief, was the man who took a tiny British army and expanded it, trained it and prepared it, until it was the only Allied army capable of defeating the Germans militarily in 1918." Very slight cigarette odor, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
CONFEDERATE INFANTRYMAN 1861-1865.  OSPREY MILITARY WARRIOR SERIES 6., Drury, Ian.  Colour plates by Gerry Embleton.
16 Drury, Ian. Colour plates by Gerry Embleton. CONFEDERATE INFANTRYMAN 1861-1865. OSPREY MILITARY WARRIOR SERIES 6.
Osprey, London, 1993, first edition. 
64 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1855324016 B&w photographs, drawings, 12 pages of colour illustrations. Contents: Historical Background; Chronology; Recruitment; Appearance; Equipment; Weapons; Training; Tactics; Typical Engagements; Fighting S pirit; Pat Cleburne's Career; Logistics; The Plates. Interior - small Christmas notation, date and signature in pencil on title page; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor corner wear, very light rubbing - main l y on rear cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
ON THE FRONT LINES:  THE EXPERIENCE OF WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ALLIED SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR II., Ellis, John.
17 Ellis, John. ON THE FRONT LINES: THE EXPERIENCE OF WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ALLIED SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR II.
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1991. 
380 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0471551481 "....paints a compelling portrait of life at the front in World War II. Balancing oral accounts of the Allied soldiers who served in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific with penentrating historica l analysis, the book describes the emotional and physical toil of military life in wartime. Historian John Ellis reveals the adrenaline rush of facing death in combat, the psychological effect of casualties and battle fatigue, the tedium a n d m o n o t o ny of months in the trenches. From training and combat to discipline and morale, 'On the Front Lines' illuminates the experience of war as no book has before." Interior - previous owner's embossed stamp on first and last page, one v er y s ma ll c or ne r crease, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - soft creases at top corner of front cover, minor rubbing, light wear at top og rear hinge. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
18 Ellis, John. THE SHARP END OF WAR: THE FIGHTING MAN IN WORLD WAR II.
Corgi, London, 1982. 
410 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0552119024 B&w photographs. "....shows graphically what combat was like for the ordinary soldiers of World War II - the men at 'the sharp end'. In a sobering account, the men themselves tell of danger and depr ivation, courage and fear, and what John Ellis believes enabled them to survive - their enormous loyalty to each other." Contents: Introduction and Training; The Physical Setting; Combat: Infantry; Combat: Artillery and Armour; Casualties ; D i s c i p l i ne and Morale; Relaxation; Attitudes; Notes and References; Appendix - Army Battle Casualties by Country; Bibliography; Index. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, spine sligh tl y c on ca ve w it h li ght crease. VG 
Price: 9.50 USD
 
 
BATTLES WITH MODEL SOLDIERS., Featherstone, Donald.
19 Featherstone, Donald. BATTLES WITH MODEL SOLDIERS.
Newton Abbot David & Charles 1972 0715349252 / 9780715349250 Second Impression. Hard Cover Very Good Good+ W.R.F. Jenkinson. 
215 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "Once aptly described as 'chess with a thousand pieces', wargaming can be made as complicated and elaborate as desired, or so simple that even young children can take part. This book - the ideal introduction to the hobby - explains what wargaming is all about, how armies can be assembled and how, on any reasonably-sized table, realistic engagements can be fought by tactical manoeuvring. The basic rules by which forces are moved and casualties assessed are explained, there is practical advice on making one's own soldiers and on conversions, and guidance on how to prepare and lay out realistic battlefield scenes. Another great attraction of the wargaming hobby is the research it invites into famous campaigns of the past, and not the least valuable part of this book is its brief survey of warfare from earliest times to the present day. Here the military tactics of each period are considered, together with the role of the different types of soldiers and their weapons, and there is an extensive bibliography to facilitate research into specific periods of military history." Very small bump at top edge of front board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny light stain on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny chips, one small tear archivally taped, light browning at inside edges. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE PITY OF WAR.  EXPLAINING WORLD WAR I., Ferguson, Niall.
20 Ferguson, Niall. THE PITY OF WAR. EXPLAINING WORLD WAR I.
Basic Books, New York, 1999, book club edition. 
563 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, tables, graphs. "More than four million Americans were mobilized in 1917-18, of whom more than 100,000 were killed - double the number who died in Vietnam. This was the fir st, bloody step on the road to globalism which would characterize our foreign policy for the rest of the twentieth century. Even American literature was transformed by the impact of the war on writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Internat i o n a l l y , more than any other event, the First World War made the twentieth century what it was: It toppled the four great empires of the Old World and left a fifth - the British - mortgaged to the hilt. More than nine million men lost their li ve s, y et n on e of its stated objectives were met. Rather, it spawned seven decades of Communist rule in Russia, the rise of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, and the horror of the Holocaust. Now, as the century draws to a close, the time is righ t f or a r adi cal re ass essment of the 'Great War'. In (this book, the author) explodes the myths of 1914-18. He argues that the fatal conflict between Britain and Germany was far from inevitable. It was Britain's declaration of war that needl essl y t urne d a cont inen tal conflict into a world war, and it was Britain's economic mismanagement and military inferiority that necessitated American involvement, forever altering the global balance of power. Ferguson vividly brings back to li fe on e of the semi nal c atast roph es of the century, not through a dry citation of chronological chapter and verse, but through a series of brilliant chapters that answer the key questions: Why did the war start? Why did it continue? And why did it st op? How d id th e Germ ans ma nage to kill more soldiers than they lost but still end up defeated in November 1918? Above all, why did men fight?" Minor rubbing, tiny bump at top of front hinge. Dust jacket has one tiny edge tear and minor browni ng o n spin e. Ve ry Good +/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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