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30 Days in August
am 15. Dezember 2011
As a retired Army officer, we read a lot about the various campaigns and battles during this most horrific industrialized war of attrition. However, we never went into the detail of the background behind it.
This author brings to life a lively historical look at the "movers & shakers" and the failures that caused this war to happen. She gives you the feeling of being in the various situations as an "invisible" staff officer observing the course of events of what happened in one month which resulted in a war that would last for 4 long & brutal years. I had never realized that the time between the War of 1871 to the start of WWI had been in reality a historical "Cold War" that involved elaborate invasion plans, defenses and strategies. It is amazing how much power these monarchs had and the intricate treaties woven amongst them. We say that this could never happen again. However, we have today individual heads of states that can start wars without the approval of their congresses or parliaments. A reminder what can happen if false assumptions and poor decisions are made can result in a bloody war. The author definitely made the point in her book.
The only negative point - The maps in the mass market addition were of poor quality and I had to go on line WWI atlases to see the details of these areas of operations.