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The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman
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Jan 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

A great book! Freedman does a masterful job of explaining the inexplicable--how Europe got embroiled in the war in the first place. We hear so much about WWII, but not much about the huge tragedy of the first World War. It was fascinating and horrible to read about the stupid decisions and the changes in warfare that cost so many lives. It was like watching someone unknowingly walk off a cliff; I kept wanting to shout, "Stop! Quit! Don't you see what you are doing?!" I also got a better understanding of why France and Britain were so reluctant to stand up to Germany's aggressions before WWII. They hadn't even started to recover from the devastation of WWI. The photos and descriptions of trench warfare were incredible. This book made WWI become real to me.

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