The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.7 X 9.5 X 1.7 inches | 2.5 pounds

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About the Author

One of Britain's new generation of military historians, Nick Lloyd is a Professor of Modern Warfare at King's College London and the author of four books on World War I, including Hundred Days and Passchendaele. He lives in Cheltenham, England.


This well-researched, well-written and cogently argued new analysis overturns all our assumptions and received wisdom about the fighting on the most important front of the Great War. Nick Lloyd deserves congratulation for having written what will undoubtedly now take its rightful place as the standard account of this vital theatre of the conflict.--Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny
Although a non-specialist in the history of World War I, I have sought to learn as much as possible about that epochal calamity that cast a dark shadow over the subsequent century. At the core of a generation's agony was the Western Front, which I never fully understood until I read Nick Lloyd's comprehensive, lucid, and evocative narrative that made starkly clear what had previously been a confusing jumble.--James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
An enthralling read. Lloyd deftly guides us through a labyrinth of military detail while never allowing the pace of his narrative to slacken. His account of France's role on the Western Front, often less well documented in Anglo-Saxon accounts, is particularly revealing. Most of us are familiar with the names of the generals involved, but Lloyd brings them sharply to life with his sensitive portrayal of their personalities, idiosyncrasies and relationships with one another. This is an endlessly complex subject to which Lloyd has brought welcome lucidity while never for one moment allowing us to forget the enormity of its tragedy.--Julia Boyd, author of Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through The Eyes of Everyday People
There were many fronts in World War I, but the Western Front, where the industrialized great powers massed their men and resources, was the crucial one. Nick Lloyd has given us the most up-to-date account of the fighting there. He brings the key statesmen and generals to life, as well as the brutal combat from the first battles to the last. Lloyd crisply details the tactical and technological innovation that brought victory, as well as the coalition strategy, economic warfare, and home front management that boosted the Allies and disintegrated the Central Powers.--Geoffrey Wawro, author of Sons of Freedom and director of the University of North Texas Military History Center
Distinguished by its trenchant observations and massive level of detail marshaled into a fluid narrative, this is a sterling record of WWI's most consequential theater.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Lloyd's keen insights and engaging prose make the book a valuable addition to the literature.--Kirkus Reviews
This is a bold book. Nick Lloyd has written a tour de force of scholarship, analysis and narration... If this volume is anything to go by, Lloyd is well on the way to writing a definitive history of the First World War.--Laurence James - The Times
An admirably clear and judicious narrative of the battlefield course of events...Lloyd's book will be cherished by military history buffs.--Max Hastings - The Sunday Times