The Last Battle: Victory, Defeat, and the End of World War I


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$37.99  $35.33
Oxford University Press, USA
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Hart is Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of Gallipoli, The Great War, and Fire and Movement, all published by Oxford University Press.


"Written by one of Britain's best scholars of the Great War, The Last Battle follows Hart's usual synergy of well-paced analytical text with first-hand accounts by participants. These are especially well chosen: Hart's knowledge of and sensitivity to this material reflects his years of work at the Imperial War Museum. He evaluates the respective contributions of the Allies and the growing debility of the Germans with a sharp eye for both battlefields and home fronts as the combatants put their last, best efforts into a war that had exhausted both sides, and whose physical and spiritual scars endure today." --Dennis Showalter, Colorado College

"Well written, with an exceptional collection of personal narratives, this book provides a fascinating look at the last four months of World War I."--New York Journal of Books

"The account of the final campaigns of the war is told from a refreshing perspective that examines both the allied plan as well as the German response...I highly recommend this excellent addition to the historiography of the First World War." --Battles and Book Reviews

"A timely and compelling account of 'The Hundred Days Offensive.'" --Centenary News

"[An] excellent account... This book pays just tribute to the allied military achievement of 1918, too often forgotten in our preoccupation with earlier horrors."
--The Sunday Times (U.K.)

"Hart enlivens his lucid account of this final battle with quotes from memoirs, letters, and diaries. He shows how increased professionalism and better tactics allowed British and French troops, fortified by the arrival of the U.S. Army, to push back the German forces. He also opens a window into the minds of individual soldiers, relating how they accepted the possibility of death and their relief at the eventual armistice."--Foreign Affairs

"An eminent oral historian taps the voices of those who fought in the pivotal battles of 1918 for this sweeping account of how the Allied forces achieved total domination over the German army on the Western Front."--MHQ Magazine

"What sets Hart's history apart is that it is not the typical narrative description which includes the movements of major ground forces and the strategy behind those movements. While he does provide a well-structured chronological account of what happened in each of the final battles, he also tells that story through the words of hundreds of the men who were there and were lucky enough to survive." -- C. Douglas Kroll, The Northern Mariner