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The Great War (Digital Audiobook)

A Combat History of the First World War

By Peter Hart, Roger Davis (Narrator)

Publication Date: July 26, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/1/2015)
Hardcover (5/9/2013)


Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by the Economist

World War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. Millions died; empires collapsed; new ideologies and political movements arose; poison gas, warplanes, tanks, submarines, and other technologies appeared. "Total war" emerged as a grim, mature reality.

In The Great War, Peter Hart provides a masterful combat history of this global conflict. Focusing on the decisive engagements, Hart explores the immense challenges faced by the commanders on all sides. He surveys the belligerent nations, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and strategic imperatives. Russia, for example, was obsessed with securing an exit from the Black Sea, while France—having lost to Prussia in 1871, before Germany united—constructed a network of defensive alliances, even as it held a grudge over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine. Hart offers deft portraits of the commanders, the prewar plans, and the unexpected obstacles and setbacks that upended the initial operations.

About the Author

Roger Davis has worked for over twenty years in the audio industry as an actor, narrator, director, producer, and editor. With a background in both performance and professional studio recording, he is able to operate successfully on both sides of the mixing desk, and has made over 500 audiobooks for HarperCollins, Hachette, Disney, Penguin, Routledge, Macmillan, Grub Street, Audible and BBC Worldwide, among others. His corporate voice-over work includes clients such as BP, Halifax plc, and Coca-Cola. He cofounded the weekly production of the audio edition of the Economist newspaper, and also narrated 50 editions. He is able to pronounce the name of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull.