The Greatest Day in History

The Greatest Day in History : How the Great War Really Ended

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World War I did not end neatly with the Germans surrender. After a dramatic week of negotiations, military offensives, and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, and at 11:00 on November 11, the guns officially ceased fire-but only after 11,000 more casualties had been sustained. The London Daily Express proclaimed it the greatest day in history. Nicholas Best tells the story in sweeping, cinematic style, following a set of key participants through the twists and turns of these climactic events, and sharing the impressions of eyewitnesses including Adolf Hitler, Charles de Gaulle, Harry S. Truman, Anthony Eden, and future famous generals MacArthur, Patton, and more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586486403
  • 9781586486402

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"Minneapolis Star Tribune," November 7, 2008""The Greatest Day in History: How on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End" is a wonderful kaleidoscope of European conditions, people, groups and leaders during the last week and the last day of the war." "Philadelphia Inquirer," November 11, 2008"The message of "The Greatest Day "comes across direct as a rifle shot: War is hell, right to the last moment."show more

About Nicholas Best

Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked in London as a journalist before becoming a fulltime author. His many other books include Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya, Tennis and the Masai, and the widely praised Trafalgar. Best was the Financial Times's fiction critic for ten years. He lives in Cambridge, more

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