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The Great War

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
On the occasion of the centenary of World War I in August 2014--an unprecedented, spectacular pictorial history of the first global war in 380 black-and-white photographs, many never seen before, from Imperial War Museums in London.

This monumental, dramatic photographic narrative captures the war from the early arms race that developed around the massing of prewar battlesh
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Hardcover, 504 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Knopf
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Nancy
Feb 04, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Gorgeous, heart-rending photos of the Great War, beautifully reproduced. Understandably British-centric, given its IWM provenance. A wonderful book to peruse this centenary year, but the $100 sticker price had me take a trip to the library.
Christine
Mar 13, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-history
The quintessential coffee-table book: huge, thick, heavy, glossy. If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite armchair general, look no farther.

Its being a product of research at the Imperial War Museums means that there are those inevitable “iconic” illustrations, but they’re in the minority. If you opened it on the first of January and turned over a leaf every day, you’d run out of year before you ran out of photos. I think my favorite is the one (Q 11538) of a German soldier giving a light
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Shawn
Jan 31, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Of course, it's not a history and really just barely a "narrative" as the subtitle would have it, although each section is preceded by a few pages listing the most important events of the war for that time period. But, an impressive collection of photographs that will help to flesh-out readings of actual histories. Very heavy on the British experience, as expected given the source (the Imperial War Museums) so one hopes that the centenary of the war may bring similar works, especially from the F ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
1914 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. 'The War to End All Wars" was like no conflict before, embracing many nations worldwide and resulting in horrifying casualties. THE GREAT WAR, A PHOTOGRAPHIC NARRATIVE commemorates that epic struggle, offering up almost 400 photographs depicting all aspects of the war. The pix depict a myriad of scenes - soldiers on the march, in trenches and in hospitals; battleground scenes; ruined villages; airplanes on the ground and airborne; shi ...more
Kris McCracken
Jan 02, 2015 Kris McCracken rated it really liked it
This is a great pictorial history, with a lot of unfamiliar images from the First World War. My major quibble would be that the Eastern Front is almost completely absent, as is the Italian Front. It probably would have worked better as a 'Western Front' presentation.
Susanne
Jul 11, 2014 Susanne rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in WWI. Extremely interesting photographs with some text.
William Wright
Feb 22, 2014 William Wright rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous, surface level, look at The Great War that is so often forgotten.
Cori Edgerton
Mar 03, 2014 Cori Edgerton rated it liked it
These beautiful photographs do tell the horrific story of WWI from the arms race, to the Russian Revolution, and ending with the silence of November 11th.
Patrick
Feb 02, 2014 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, ww1
Excellent, but I was expecting something more comprehensive.
Chris
May 07, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Wonderful pictures. What a nightmare and yet the participants manage to smile and look cheerful. Those pictures are the most heart-wrenching of all.
Mark
Jan 17, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A beautiful picture book. Images drawn from the collection of the Imperial War Museums.
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