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The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
You're no idiot, of course. You know that World War I was "the Great War," and you're familiar with its images: muddy trenches, poison gas, and a no-man's-land of craters and barbed wire.
But when it comes to understanding its causes, why it dragged on for four years, and how it set the stage for World War II, you're lost behind enemy lines. Don't wave the white flag just
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Alpha Books
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Dec 02, 2008 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in World War I
Shelves: world-war-i, war
I know, who would admit to buying a "Complete Idiot’s" guide to anything? Not that there aren’t plenty of subjects for which I’d need a complete idiot’s guide, like physics or car mechanics, but why on earth would I want to learn about those? The Great War, on the other hand, is a beloved obsession, but it’s as complex as it is interesting. And, as history books are written by historians and not great authors, sometimes a peppy overview with three bullet points at the end of each chapter listing ...more
Sarah Beaver
This book is a great book to start with if you're just beginning to learn about World War I. My classes in school and college didn't really go into very much detail about World War I, and it always seemed like a very complicated war.

It was a very complicated war, and The Complete Idiot's Guide helps readers who are new to studying World War I to understand the basics of the war. I did not give the book a higher rating due to the lack of maps, graphs, and photos.

I've since purchased additional b
WWI has always been hard for me to read about, mainly because I have little knowledge of military strategy. My previous understanding of the war was that someone shot the Archduke, which caused a bunch of different countries to declare war because they all had packs with each other. The war consisted of people digging trenches and no one moving but a lot of people dying for four years. Germany lost, Hitler got mad and the seeds of WWII were sown. After reading this book, I have a better understa ...more
Timothy Boyd
A most excellent book to start learning about WW1. Even a history buff like myself enjoyed the read and found out a few new tidbits of info. Recommended
Andrea Bartlett
well written and easy to understand. I found myself learning much from it. There was only one drawback, with all the detailed descriptions of battles and troop movements, the book doesn't contain a single map. At many points during my reading I found myself wishing I could consult one, if only just to deepen my understanding of what was being described.
Did a great job of filling in all the blanks that were left by my schools' poor history programs.

My only complaint was a lack of maps, which would have helped my understanding a lot.
Philip Bolton, Jr.
WWII gets all the attention. Without WWI, there'd be no WWII.
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