The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 8.2 X 1.5 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

David Reynolds is the executive editor of MacAddict magazine.


[World War I has] been analyzed before, but never with such depth of perception or range of understanding. Reynolds is able to speak with authority on economics and philosophy; literature and art; politics, diplomacy and memory. He is a historian of immense skill, utterly confident of his wisdom and deservedly so.--Gerard De Groot
An extraordinary work.--Peter Stansky, Stanford University
[A] masterly look at what the war meant and how its meaning changed by decade.--David Shribman
Offers correctives to many popular delusions. Perspective is critical to a comprehension of history, and Reynolds has no peer in helping us to achieve this.--Max Hastings
A masterly study in every sense: by an historian at the top of his game, deploying wide-ranging research in important arguments, sustained alike with rich detail and with dry wit.--Peter Clarke
Fascinating.--Andrew Roberts
Brilliant...the most challenging and intelligent book on the Great War and our perceptions of it that any of us will read this, or any other year.--John Charmley
A fluent corrective to our preoccupation with our own individual and family war stories . . . offers a truly global perspective on the conflict's long shadow.--Nigel Jones
Who better as remembrancer than David Reynolds, with his customary lucidity, his long view, his comparative perspective, his contemporary sensitivity, his scholarly sanity and his crisp humanity? ...This is the work of a master historian.--Alex Danchev
Transcends conventional histories about World War I ...The kind of book that challenges readers to think.--Ed Timms
Brilliant.... As an introduction to the controversies and complexities of a period of history that will be on all our demands next year, it is unlikely to be bettered.--Tom Holland
Here at last among the plethora of predictable books on the anniversary of the great war is an intelligent and critical assessment... presented with a masterly array of sources across a busy century, at once thought-provoking and thoroughly informed.--Richard Overy
Eloquent... This book's deepest message is about the inescapability of history, whether we choose to live in its shadow or to turn our backs on the warnings it offers to the present.--Christopher Clark
Compelling... Reynolds ably and dramatically depicts the many unforeseen and unimagined consequences of war--not just for the dead and wounded, but also for the living and the yet to be born.--James Norton
A clear-eyed appraisal of the First World War's consequences.--Michael F. Bishop