The Greatest Day in History

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

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Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. 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 eleventh hour on the 11th of November, the guns officially ceased fire, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustainedalmost as many as on D-Day. Nicholas Best tells the story in sweeping, cinematic style, revealing that events were far from pre-ordained. From the generals headquarters to the frontline trenches, from the factories to the farms, he reveals the twists and turns that led to the end of the Great more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 144.78 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586487728
  • 9781586487720
  • 1,245,878

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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 is the former fiction critic for the Financial Times and the author of a number of novels, travel and history books. He lives in Cambridge, more

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