hazelclark Posted 31 December , 2011 Share Posted 31 December , 2011 Haven't seen mention of this book on the Forum so in that I have just read it , I thought I would offer my 2 cents worth. Having thoroughly enjoyed Gilbert's general history of the First War, I was rather disappointed with "The Somme". It seemed to be somewhat lightweight and his use of anecdotes seemed to be almost out of context in places as though he had put the book together from paragraphs parachuted in from some other book. He is a very prolific writer and I wonder if possibly his publishers wanted a book pronto. His general history was the first I had read, and it really got me interested in the war. Maybe my reading since has changed my taste, but this book did not work for me. The only thing about it I liked was the poetry which he seems to use a lot in his books. I was actually glad to finish it. Fortunately, I had borrowed it from the library and hadn't purchased it. I learned my lesson from Mosier. Hazel C. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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