Long on Details and Short on Strategic Overview.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The First World War (Vintage) (Taschenbuch)
This book mirrors Keegan's one volume history of World War II. As general histories, both books are steady droning compendiums of endless details. Keegan is understated about strategic situations, and fails to viscerally capture the turning points of the battles and wars, leaving the reader slogging through battles and decisions with too little context.
The maps are inadequate. The reader becomes quickly lost in left flank and right flank and one french village after another, losing the mental picture of events in Keegan's droning narrative.
I would reccommend Keegan's other excellent books, the Face of Battle and the Mask of Command. There Keegan exercises the narrative story telling of a master historian. This history reads like an encyclopedia article. It is comprehensive but uninformative. One feels that one has read all about the war, but absorbed little.