Mikey B.'s Reviews > The Road to Verdun: World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism

The Road to Verdun by Ian Ousby
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Sep 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: france, world-war-i
Read in October, 2005

A very good book

...on the First World War - among the best that I have read.

It does a very good job of connecting past (1870), present (1916) and future. The emotional side of war in the trenches is well brought out by diary excerpts. The leaders as well as the 'Poilu' are described. The impact of the war of 1870 is explained - Verdun is near Metz which at the time was territory occupied by Germany. European antagonisms are well brought out. The historical flow of France and Germany are well documented. This book focuses on the French side much more than the German side.


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