Nicholas Best's thorough account of the military and diplomatic events immediately leading up to Armistice Day uses many primary sources, bestowing a "you are there" feeling about the momentous and cathartic end to the dreadful, prolonged conflict. Its title is a hefty one, worthy of its subject and scope: 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.
"A sophisticated presentation of the effects of the Great War's final week on its military and civilian participants" (Publishers Weekly), it also looks at what people like Marlene Dietrich, Erich Maria Remarque, Thomas Mann, Charles de Gaulle, Harry Truman, Eamon de Valera, Gandhi, Eisenhower, Lenin and Corporal Hitler were doing on Armistice Day.
"Best effectively shows how the treatment of Germany sowed seeds for the resentment that culminated in World War II" wrote Kirkus, saying the book would "likely to be a widely consulted primer on the end of World War I."
|Ebullient Australian women demonstrate their joy at the war's end.|
|London Pride, 1918|
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