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La grande storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale - Volume Uno

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La guerra del 1914-18 fu il primo conflitto bellico che coinvolse tutti i paesi d'Europa, per poi estendersi con l'intervento del Giappone e degli Stati Uniti, all'intero pianeta. Due possenti coalizioni, l'Intesa (Gran Bretagna, Francia e Russia)e gli imperi centrali (Germania e Austria-Ungheria) si misurarono militarmente in uno scontro tanto violento quanto logorante, f ...more
Hardcover, Biblioteca Storica de "Il Giornale", 276 pages
Published 2002 by Il Giornale (first published 1994)
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Jun 20, 2015 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Martin D. Gilbert's The First World War is a beautiful, but dense book. It will take perseverance and time to get through. But those two qualities are not unattainable by modern readers, and this book is well worth the effort it takes.

In fact, I think this book is essential.

I didn't realize how many times the West lost to Germany. That really surprised me. From beginning to end, Germany was stronger, better, more strategic. Throughout the book I knew the end result, but I was constantly biting m
M. D.  Hudson
Oct 18, 2008 M. D. Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 543 pages of one damned thing after another. An oddly compelling way to do history: no real attempt to make sense of anything in terms of strategy or economics or politics; just a list of events mostly told via individual recollections. Gilbert troubles to quote a lot of poems throughout the text, mostly English war poets of the time. Most of this verse is quite bad (I’ve always thought), but given the context and the horror, it is oddly moving. Perhaps this is the best way to read this sor ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, war
This very long work is essentially a chronology of the war, from the rapid escalation of tension before August 1914 to the problems of armistice in 1918 and how they affected state relations in the 1930s. Gilbert, the official biographer of Churchill, brings home at many points the reality of the 9 million military dead of WWI through use of poems, quotes and letters written home by the men who died, as well as graphic recollections by nurses who served at the front (one image that stays with me ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brett by: Barnes & Noble
Shelves: nonfiction, history
The Western Front: A British Perspective <- there, I fixed the title

A decent history of World War I. It provides a solid grounding in the pre-war tensions, the outbreak of the war, and the Western Front, but lacks merit for any other areas of the war - notably the strategies and tactics employed during the fighting. However, the worst fault is the incredibly heavy British bias. It appears that Martin Gilbert drew the vast majority of his text from British personal accounts while ignoring sold
Mar 29, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that this is as definitive a history as you can get of the First World War. Though some may complain that it does not focus on this or that aspect, such as the battles and military fortunes of the war itself, or of the political and diplomatic side, or that it focuses too much on the British perspective, I believe that there are few books as through a history of the First World War.
Martin Gilbert is the greatest living historian on Twentieth Century history.

The subject on the prelude t
John Meffen
Okay. The book covered some parts of the war that I was definitely never told in school.

On the other hand he showed his public schoolboy/oxbridge bent, with his overemphasis on the war poetry that only came out of his social strata in what was ultimately a huge exercise in grinding up young men.

At least he has covered some things from the axis point of view.

But really his love for Churchill and people of his own class shines through, the working class people involved seem to be just numbers for
Jan 07, 2017 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good and thorough overview of the war in sequential order. It doesn't try to explain the strategies or get in the minds of the participants. It just tells the tale, as it were. Mainly through anecdotes and asides. That being said I took brief impressions of the book as I was reading it, a bit tongue and cheek but still:

- good explanation of cause of war
- Valiant act. then he died. here is a poem.
- the Germans are driving to Paris through Belgium. Belgium fights valiantly. losses.
- German
Apr 04, 2013 Bevan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historians come in many flavours. There are those who expound on the big picture, who create masterful theories that appear to explain a lot, and some who dive into the detail of personalities and events. Martin Gilbert was a well respected historian with the public - his plentiful output sold well. Yet he was coolly assessed by reviewers and other historians. Paul Addison described one of his volumes on Winston Churchill as "more like a compilation of source materials", and Richard Overy descri ...more
Rui Moniz
Aug 12, 2014 Rui Moniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sete meses para ler um livro é sinónimo de que não é interessante? Nada disso.
Esta obra de Martin Gilbert, tal como a referente à Segunda Guerra Mundial, dificilmente se pode considerar como leitura de mesa-de-cabeceira.
O tom é obviamente pesado pelo que o ritmo de leitura deve ser mais lento, intervalado qb. Aconselho como leitura simultânea com outros livros.
É um trabalho completíssimo de pesquisa e compilação que nos faz ter uma excelente ideia do que foi a guerra, do mundo no início do sécul
Brad Merola
I thought this book had little appeal to it. I enjoy history, I like to read about great battles of anytime period, but this book had very little of that. It more focused on the cause of the World War, and why America eventually stepped in. With such action happening at every stage in the world at that time, Gilbert could have done a way better job on portraying certain scenes from history. I do like, however, how in depth he went on the weapons used during the war. He started about how they adv ...more
May 24, 2012 Jerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good, comprehensive treatment of the war. Gilbert does a good job covering the war’s scope, from the war’s origins to its aftermath.

The narrative isn’t exactly riveting or stirring, but it is endlessly informative. While the coverage of certain battles and campaigns varies throughout the book, Gilbert does a great job bringing it all together in a way that makes sense. Politics,strategy, diplomacy and military actions are all brought together in a clear narrative.

Gilbert is also good at weavin
Feb 06, 2014 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Un buen vistazo a la Gran Guerra.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Repaso estrictamente cronológico, en ocasiones día a día incluso, de los eventos que crearon el caldo de cultivo general para la Primera Guerra Mundial, las circunstancias que rodearon su estallido, su desarrollo y un pequeño repaso a varias y distintas consecuencias de la misma.

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K.M. Weiland
Mar 19, 2010 K.M. Weiland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, heartbreaking progression of the war. Does a marvelous job bringing continuity and a sense of order to a rambling, gargantuan war.
Jun 25, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I knew very little about "the great war," now i have dreams about trenches and zeppelins.
Nov 16, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military, ww1
Good reference work
John Rhoads
May 09, 2017 John Rhoads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much violence...

That is essentially what war is all about. I was fascinated by the violence and repulsed. More horrified than entertained or even educated. Was motivated, looking for some connection with an uncle that died before my recall bone was activated. Did not find what I was looking for but I'm glad I stuck with it.
William Cline
Jun 10, 2013 William Cline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
No book, even a 600-pager like this one, can cover all of the Great War, so the most important thing to know when deciding to read this one is what it does and doesn’t offer.

Gilbert’s book is mostly a detailed, blow-by-blow account of the Great War as it was fought. There’s a whole lot of what and not a lot of why. One might criticize it for being essentially a list of places and dates, but I found it to be so engagingly written that it was never a chore.

There’s some discussion of new developmen
Jan 25, 2017 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La Primera Guerra Mundial, de Martin Gilbert

Si bien es un buen libro para tener un primer acercamiento a la historia de la Primera Guerra Mundial, no es para nada una "historia completa", como dice su título. Es un libro enfocado casi por completo en el frente occidental, y el punto de vista que utiliza es el de Gran Bretaña (y ocasionalmente, sus aliados pertenecientes al Commonwealth). Algunas de las otras campañas, como la africana, se mencionan sólo en pies de página. Si bien el mismo enfoqu
Dec 12, 2011 TC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a narrative that tells the story of the war as a story--from start to finish, from the pre-war innocence through the decades of monument-laying afterwards; with every month in-between. The focus shifts from the military history of battles (and occasionally the politics behind them) to the soldiers who fought in them, usually within the same paragraph. In this way, the story seems the closest one can get to living as those who lived through it did--a revealing, a day at a time, of the big ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I begin with a disclaimer: I am no war historian. Which is to say, I am in no position to evaluate the historical content of this book. Beyond the fact that I am fairly certain Gilbert did not make the whole thing up, I have no idea if what he has written is accurate or complete. As for the last, I am quite certain this is not a complete history of this complex war, since it purports to describe the whole thing in a mere 613 pages, complete with maps and end notes.

But when I felt the need to bet
Erik Riker-Coleman
Kind of meh. It's actually a pretty solid overview of the war, adhering to a very chronological approach that has the advantage of showing the interrelations between events in different places. It also strives to humanize the pins-moving-on-map account, which is commendable and at times effective. That said, the "humanizing" effort has its limitations. The book has a formula:

At [rotten place somewhere] the [troops, usually Entente troops if we're talking the subject of the sentence] stormed the
Chris Green
Feb 22, 2009 Chris Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a moderate read. It is a great account of WWI with very detailed history. This book details the whole history of the War, including events leading up to it. This War is always overshadowed by WWII when studying 20th century conflict. The most important factor of this war is that its end, issued in the beginning of WWII and many of the combatants saw this at the time. It also changed the map of Europe drastically. It also informs us greatly on the battles on the eastern front, that a ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Big book of death in the trenches. If people aren't being machine-gunned in No Man's Land, they're being blown into their component pieces by artillery. Gilbert uses a lot of contemporary anecdotes to illustrate the experience of trench warfare. He does an excellent job of describing the war on the main fronts, without stinting too much on the other theaters of conflict.

I have three criticisms: In the choice of accounts used, the book tends to be a bit Anglocentric. Gilbert justifies this by cit
Jun 19, 2015 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it drags at times with casualty lists, etc. of seemingly endless battles Gilbert brings in enough personal touches to the material (whilst doing some significant name dropping in the process, including telling the stories of many of the major players of WWII) that he keeps the narrative alive and moving through most of the book.

He does an especially nice closing, explaining the treaties and aftermath that ultimately led to WWII and how the pain and suffering of WWI (the "Great War", the "W
Aug 18, 2010 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was filled with facts and figures which can get a little dry and boring, however,looking past that and seeing the people involved in the war brought the book to life. What it also brought to life was how unnecessary World War I was. There seemed to be no reason for this war at all other than several European nations wanted to fight to get more territory. It was very disconcerting to read the continual accounts of the thousands of men who died on a daily basis during this war, especiall ...more
Richard Grebenc
Jun 28, 2014 Richard Grebenc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...debates about war are important, but not more important than the human story of those who fought in them."

These last words of the book cap off well this 550 page tome. The author strikes well a balance between descriptions of battles, strategies, intrigues, and statistics and the human story of the war. By often interspersing details about the lives and fates of individual figures both famous and later famous (Churchill, MacArthur, Patton, Truman, Stalin, Hitler, Goering, more) and obscure i
Oct 12, 2009 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enlightening book - one wonders why the face of Western Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East looks the way it does - this will explain.

It seems that from this war, old empires fell, modern countries were formed, the glories of conflict was forever erased (gas, trenches, machine guns vs frontal charges on foot), and the seeds of more savage conflicts were sown.

It was startling to read that in so many countries after the first few years of the conflict, the numbers of anti-war protestors
Donato Colangelo
È la "Grande Storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale (prevalentemente) sul Fronte Occidentale". L'unica, non piccola, delusione di questo libro è legata al trattamento impari destinato ad altri importanti teatri di guerra. Per un approfondimento storico-militare del Fronte Occidentale è il libro giusto; se si vuole avere un approfondimento sufficiente sul fronte italiano, ad esempio, no, non ci siamo. Meglio scegliere altri testi.
Avevo le aspettative alte perchè il titolo lascia presagire una trattaz
Maureen M
Jun 20, 2016 Maureen M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, wwi
This is a sprawling account of World War I through all its many theaters from Flanders to Siberia, from Finland to South Africa. With so much going on, it was a challenge to compress all the action into 540 pages, and I found it a tough read in places. Gilbert writes from the vantage point of Great Britain, which played a reluctant but pivotal role at first. It's a clear-eyed look at the forces at work that sent waves of young men into trenches using old strategies to combat new technology. He s ...more
Dick Edwards
Jan 26, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9 million soldiers, sailors, and airmen were killed in WW1, along with about 5 million civilians. Rudyard Kipling’s only son was killed at Ypres. Anthony Eden’s son was killed in WW2, and his brother killed in action in WW1 at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Harold Macmillan was injured in action in 1916. MG says that the blame for the events of 1914 should be placed on Serbia and Russia, and not on Austria. The Red Army fought to push the Poles back into Poland, almost back to Warsaw. The Poles ...more
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The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”

Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony's
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