Thomas Pakenham's classic, bestselling book, repackaged beautifully as an Abacus History Great
Thomas Pakenham is the author of The Mountains of Rasselas, The Year of Liberty, The Scramble for Africa, Meetings with Remarkable Trees and Remarkable Trees of the World. He divides his time between London and Ireland. He is married to the writer Valerie Pakenham and they have four children.
Hypnotically readable ... A tremendous feat of research ...
this is grand-scale history with heroes and villains ... hot,
impassioned work, and I recommend it wholeheartedly * Newsweek
Not only a magnum opus, it is a conclusive work ... Enjoyable as well as massively impressive * Financial Times *
Thomas Pakenham, one of the auspiciously prolific Longfords (he is the brother of Antonia Fraser, above), has now given this epochal contest its first full-length treatment in nearly 70 years. In the course of his long narrative, he skillfully maps out the causes, the course and the aftereffects of the war. He examines the actions of the leading personalities on both sides, and carefully traces the transformation of the conflict into a war of attrition. Among the book's many strengths are Pakenham's use of unpublished and even some previously unconsulted sources (including some 52 veterans whom he interviewed); his vivid descriptions of military engagements and his attention to ways and means... An intelligent, vigorous, firmly grounded presentation--and, self-evidently, the new standard work. * Kirkus Reviews *