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The First World War

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A major work by our greatest military historian, acclaimed as the definitive history of the First World War, the conflict that shaped the twentieth century.

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John Keegan is the author of several classic works of military history including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, The Mask of Command, Battle at Sea, The Second World War and A History of Warfare. For many years he was the senior lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was a Fellow of Princeton University, Delmas Distinguished Professor of History at VAssar and Defence Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He received the OBE, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in 2012.


"Magisterial in its scope, beautifully written and literally unputdownable... I cannot recommend Keegan's book too highly." -- Julian Critchley * Scotsman * "Nobody describes a battle as Keegan does, vividly relating the unfolding events to the contours of the field of combat... This book is a kind of war memorial. As first-hand memory fades, The First World War honours the dead as only true history can." -- Niall Ferguson * Sunday Times * "John Keegan's The First World War can take its place alongside the other defining works he has written... The best and most approachable introduction to the war." -- David Horspool * Guardian * "A splendidly readable account of the war on all fronts, from its political and cultural origins to its bloody conclusion... Compelling." -- Max Wilkinson * Financial Times * "Excellent... The First World War tells the story with passion, sanity and the military historian's eye for overall strategy." -- Andrew Roberts * Mail on Sunday *

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