John Keegan’s The First World War is already established as the classic, single volume history of the conflict. Carefully abridged and reshaped by the author, this beautifully produced, new, large-format edition includes illustrative treatment of the military, political and historical issues of the war. Keegan gives readers a new understanding of the experience of fighting in WWI throughout the world, on land, at sea and in the air.
About the Author
John Keegan, the Defence Editor of "The Daily Telegraph," has written several books on military history, and was for many years senior lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He received the OBE in the Gulf War honours list, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list.
“Magisterial in its scope, beautifully written and literally unputdownable… I cannot recommend Keegan’s book too highly.” -- Julian Critch
“Beautifully written and full of telling detail… The best overall account for the general reader.” -- Michael Howard, Times Literary Supplement
“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
“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
“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 Harspool, Guardian
"At once the most readable and the most original of living military historians." -- The New York Times
"It takes a disciplined and enormously well-read scholar to bring order and meaning to the complexity of the Great War. It takes the artistry of a gifted storyteller to craft such technical detail into a page-turner. Mr Keegan does exactly that." -- The Wall Street Journal
"One of the foremost military thinkers today.. . .Must reading for the Department of National Defence, politicians and anyone concerned about the future and the inherent nature of the human species." -- Ottawa Sun