The Price of Glory: Verdun, 1916Paperback Penguin History
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 20mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 January 1994
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140170413
- ISBN 13: 9780140170412
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: b&w photos, bibliog , reference notes, index
- Sales rank: 72,784
The "Price of Glory: Verdun 1916" is the second book of Alistair Horne's trilogy, which includes "The Fall of Paris" and "To Lose a Battle" and tells the story of the great crises of the rivalry between France and Germany. The battle of Verdun lasted ten months. It was a battle in which at least 700,000 men fell, along a front of fifteen miles. Its aim was less to defeat the enemy than bleed him to death and a battleground whose once fertile terrain is even now a haunted wilderness. Alistair Horne's classic work, continuously in print for over fifty years, is a profoundly moving, sympathetic study of the battle and the men who fought there. It shows that Verdun is a key to understanding the First World War to the minds of those who waged it, the traditions that bound them and the world that gave them the opportunity. "Verdun was the bloodiest battle in history..."The Price of Glory" is the essential book on the subject". ("Sunday Times"). "It has almost every merit...Horne sorts out complicating issues with the greatest clarity. He has a splendid gift for depicting individuals". (A.J.P. Taylor, "Observer"). "A masterpiece". ("The New York Times"). "Compellingly told...Alastair Horne uses contemporary accounts from both sides to build up a picture of heroism, mistakes, even farce". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Brilliantly written ...very readable; almost like a historical novel - except that it is true". (Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery). One of Britain's greatest historians, Sir Alistair Horne, CBE, is the author of a trilogy on the rivalry between France and Germany, "The Price of Glory", "The Fall of Paris" and "To Lose a Battle", as well as a two-volume life of Harold Macmillan.
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One of Britain's greatest historians, Sir Alistair Horne, CBE, is the author of several famous books on French history as well as a two-volume life of Harold Macmillan.
As every history buff has known for at least a couple of seasons, World War I is now competing with the Civil War for scholarly and popular attention. If more than a handful of permanent contributions survive, this should be one of them. Mr. Horne has limited his study to "the grimmest battle in all that grim war" and has examined every action with the greatest care. This is a fascinating and splendidly articulated microcosm which can better old the general reader's comprehension of the macrocosm- the entire war and indeed many aspects of the half century which has followed it. In ten months, on a terrain less than four miles square, over a quarter of a million men were killed and nearly half a million gassed or wounded. It is all here: the blunders and stupidity, the squandered heroism, the indescribable fear, the hopeless misery, the enormous tragedy. Mrs. Horne has made it both comprehensible and unforgettable. (Kirkus Reviews)
Table of contents
La debacle; joffre of the marne; Falkenhayn; operation Gericht; the waiting machine; the first day; the fall of Colonel Driant; breakthrough; Fort Douaumont; De Castelnau decides; petain; the take-over; reappraisals; the Mort Homme; widening horizons; in another country; the air battle; the crown prince; the triumvirate; "May Cup"; Fort Vaux; danger signals; the secret enemies; the crisis; Falkenhayn dismissed; the counterstrokes; the new leader; aftermath;