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Until hostilities opened in early August, 1914, humanity had never borne witness to a conflagration the likes of the Great War. Political alliances, pitting empire against empire, saw Europe plunged into a horrific and savage conflict that drew in millions of young men from all walks of life, on all sides.

In '1914', follow the stories of nine such men, those they fight wi
Paperback, 650 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Barbara Pearlman
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book while on vacation. It was short and concise. It was a very realistic novel about World War I.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who likes history should read this. A good read cover to cover.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, it was a difficult book to get into. I had to persevere a bit but in the end, it was well worth it. It took some time to get invested in the characters. Smith introduces 8 different vignettes -- Percy & Arthur, Henstch, Vogel, Vernon, Denis, Berthold, Gordon, Sebastian -- and that took a fair bit of time. He did a great job representing the reality of the experience for these fighting men and their families on both fronts. The interconnection between the story lines are subtle and well don ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Long book. Most epics are – it's kind of the definition of the genre. BUT worth the read.

1914 saw the start of World War I, the supposed “war to end all wars” (until the next one occurred). A lot of countries were involved, some immediately, some later. Charles B. Smith gives us a glimpse into the title of year through the eyes of the French, the English, the Germans, and one of the first Americans to cross over to the fighting.

I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a bit slow to get into, but I enjoyed the book. At the same time, I think you'll likely need to be on a WWI kick to get into it. He's done a lot of research, which often leads to a lot of detail and even occasionally pausing to define what things are, as you might in a textbook. What I liked, though, was the juxtaposition of different characters who at times are in the same place, and how their experiences are so similar--based largely on misery--even though they're enemies. He also does ...more
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