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  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Max Hastings, Nigel Harrington
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war. Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Tommy on 08-04-17

Detailed analysis of the start of World War One

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-18

This book was a fascinating listen. There were a lot of details I had no idea about. I was very ignorant about the start of WWI but I feel like I have a good grasp of it now.
I did not feel Max Hastings was biased towards his British routes. In fact he is not afraid to shine a light on the failures of the British government and it’s army.
The main focus is on Britain, France, Germany and Austria. I would have welcomed more about the eastern front but there is plenty to get stuck into.
Plenty about the home front and the British forays into the North Sea.
The reading of Nigel Harrington is excellent and kept me entertained through the lengthy listen.
I will recommend to anyone interested in the time period.

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