Joseph E. Persico º 6 SUMMARYT concentrates on the violent and tragic last day The author creates the impression that on the Allied side it was the Americans who did most though not all of the Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life fighting on 11 November The TV documentary I mention above suggested the same thing This may have derivedrom the act that Gen Pershing had been strongly against the idea of accepting the German reuest or an Armistice arguing that the German Army should have been 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate forced to surrender Pershing believed that allowing the German Army to march home in good order would allow Germany to claim it had not really been defeated and the author uotes Pershing as saying What I dread is that Germany doesn t know she was licked Had they given us another week we d have taught them Frustrated in his aim Pershing thought the AEF should press home attacks on 11th November to give Germany a message about the power of the US ArmySubseuent events provide strong evidence that Pershing was right about the effect of the Armistice but it s hard to see how he thought aew hours of The Oxford New Greek Dictionary fighting on 11th November would stay in the German memory longer than the 4 years of slaughter that had gone beforehand A lot of American lives were lost as a result of the decision to launchutile attacks after the Armistice had been signed and one subordinate commander Gen William M Wright launched an assault on the town of Stenay with a justification that bordered on lunacy The British High Command also ordered an attack on the Belgian town of Mons The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece for the purely symbolic reason that it was where the BEF hadirst encountered the German Army in 1914The point has been made of course that deaths which occurred on 11 November 1918 were no or less tragic than any other deaths during the war but there does seem to be something particularly poignant about those killed in the last The New Job Security few minutes sent against an enemy who had already acknowledged defeat From the author s introduction My purpose here is not to offer still another history of the war though Iollow its progression The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) from 1914 to 1918 I am also impatient with presentations of mankind s most violent behavior as if it were a map exercise with Jones rolling up Smith slank while the 104th supports a strategic withdrawal by the 105th And while the role of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis field marshals and generals is necessarily portrayed the true protagonists of this story are the men in the trenchesor whom what in the map rooms looked like a chess match became transmuted into titanic violations of The Jumbee flesh and blood The reason I have written an account anchored to the last day of World War I is that the carnage that went on up to theinal minute so perfectly captures the essential To Helvetica and Back futility of the entire war The mayhem of the last day was no differentrom what had been going on Simple Art of Greatness for the previous 1560 days Much of Persico s information comesrom diaries letters and journals of soldiers giving his book a personal eel than your run of the mill war history It can be very difficult reading Prepare to
FEEL THAN ONCE AS IF YOU HAVE BEEN PUNCHEDthan once as if you have been punched the gut or dropped rom a cliff You will inally understand why certain names still ring with the sound of shellfire and weeping Somme Verdun Passchendaele You will cry than onceI did If you have never read about World War I and you decide to read just one book on this topic during your entire lifetime you must make this that one book It is that stunning and tells much about The War To End All Wars than anything else ever could This is such a well documented book offering not only to give an insight on what on the 11th November but also throughout the 4 gruesome years of the war If there s one thing I could reproach it it d just be Persico s overlook of other nation s role in this war He ocuses mainly on Germany England France and the US We re given a brief overview of Russia Serbia Austria and Turkey s respective roles in the war India was then under the British colony which meant that 16 of the British army were Indians He A Burglar's Guide to the City fails to mention their role in the war All in all however this book is a detailed account of what happened of what was lost and what was gained in short nothing Persico does a great job in explaining the strategies and theutility of the war He brings emotions The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth from the past letters of soldiers to theiramiliesIf I had to describe WW1 in one word after reading this book American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago futile What an eye opener Going into this book I didn t have much of an appreciationor WWI the events of the war or its legacy WWI blows my mind in scale depravity human loss and the absurdity of it all Over 10 million men lost their lives in the war Another #30 million wounded or missing This book takes scores of personal stories rom the men who lived the #million wounded or missing This book takes scores of personal stories rom the men who lived the in the trenches and battlefields and puts them in the larger perspective By the end you have the picture of a war started by a political assassination blown out of proportion by ill conceived regional alliances propagated by ambition retribution and hate espoused by generals and other decision makers and Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul finally a war ended by an armistice to stop the slaughter In particular this book makes the point that even though the allied generals had confirmation of the pending armistice they STILL pushed the war machineorward to the very last minute In other words even knowing that they had essentially won the war they nonetheless continued sending thousands of young men to their deaths on the battlefield And why Pride To punish those Germans It was insanity It was criminal It makes Spain in Mind for sad commentary on the human rac. Inly though heollows ordinary soldiers' lives illuminating their The Inheritance: Part 1 fate as the end approaches Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a reprise of all that led up to itrom the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand which ignited the war to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war's The Curious World Of Christmas final hou. Ld Marshal Douglas Haig wrote a book or article about horse cavalry being the decidingactor in the next war I think this says all that you need to know about Field Marshal Haig What happened on the last morning of WWI was criminal I vividly remember reading The Donkeys by Alan Clarke the title comes rom the phrase lions led by donkeys many years ago that described the total incompetence of the British Expeditionary Force generals in WW I They were completely unable to adapt to new technologies and insisted on ighting with tactics of previous wars Joseph Persico doesn t let them off lightly either although that s not his primary mission The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day refers to the time and date of the eventual Armistice He jumps back and The Best Canadian Animal Stories forth between the Armistice and the deeds that lead up to it a process Iound somewhat disconcerting at irstGeneral Douglas Haig a master at manipulating his social contacts eventually rose to the top slimy oil usually does even though he ailed the entrance exams to the British Staff College usually a prereuisite or command He also had no regard or the machine gun unremarkable weapon that was to revolutionize the battlefield and kill virtually an entire male generation In one battle it cost the deaths of 9 men per yard gained and in most cases that same piece of ground was traded back within a The Commemerative few days Apparently there is a new book out that attempts to resurrect Haig s reputation but I have not read itLest anyone doubt the power of the cast system Stephen Budiansky in Battle of Wits The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II remarks on Robert Graves entrance into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers whose members were expected to have a private income in order to play polo and hunt and keep up the social reputation of that regiment For those odd cases in which the rules were waived as in Graves situation they were always referred to as warts and were informed that they could not expect to receive a medalor any The Magnesium Factor feats on the battlefield The donkeys were a major part of the caste systemPersico uses the last minutes of the war multiple examples of the ending of All uiet on the Western Front great book as a springboard to reflect on events leading up to the last minutes of the war Ironically often the decision when to uitighting was left up to individual unit commanders and even though they knew the armistice had been signed and exactly when it was to take effect some decided to continue ighting until the absolute last minute Some nifty uotes Douglas MacArthur was an infantry officer known or his bravado and reluctance to stay in proper uniform When asked why he adopted this behavior he replied It s the orders you disobey that make you amous I wonder if Harry Truman was aware of that proclivity Several reviewers have complained the book wasn t kind enough to the generals nor supportive enough of the war in general Tough shit Some 6500 allied soldiers died in the six hours between signing the armistice and 1100 when it was to take effect That s appalling Other reviewers complain it s too elementary or not comprehensive etc NonsenseAfter reading WW I books one is often left with a huge uestion mark just what did the millions of deaths accomplish other than to set the stage or Hitler and the next big one It was cousins ighting each other King George Tsar Nicholas and
Kaiser Wilhelm were all grandchildren of ueen Victoria over diplomatic slights and tensions that had been brewing or the previous ourWilhelm were all grandchildren of ueen Victoria over diplomatic slights and tensions that had been brewing or the previous The Yankee Club four leading to misperceptions and a continuing battle between those who wanted to whip up a nationalistrenzy and imperialists One can only have wished the amily might have slugged it out in the backyard somewhere rather than by killing off almost an entire generation of menPersico has done a marvelous job of integrating individual stories with their context in the larger scheme of things It s very readable and And the peace barely lasted a generation before alling apart What a bookIt s a very touching and intimate look at the last day of the The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day first world war and the time leading up to it But it deals with the men at theront and
the well known leaders ar away rom the ightingThe book really makes you wonder what was all about and especially why so many men died after the war had in theory alread About 10 years ago I watched a TV documentary called The Last Day of World War One presented by Michael Palin I was absolutely stunned by the extent of ighting that went on during the morning of 11 November 1918 and by the officers who ordered attacks even when they knew the Armistice had been signed Joseph Persico had been one of the historians who eatured in even when they knew the Armistice had been signed Joseph Persico had been one of the historians who Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability featured in documentary and that was one of the reasons I wanted to read thisThe book wasn t entirely what I had expected I had thought it would concentrate on the lastew days of the War but much of the book is taken up with a basic history of the conflict starting all the way back at the assassination of Franz Ferdinand I would say that as a history of WWI it s very basic From 1918 onwards the book becomes a history of the AEF rather than a history of the war as a whole Actually or me this section was uite informative as I hadn t previously read much about the AEF in 1918 The author tries to tell the story rom the perspective of the ordinary soldier though at the same time he is partial to American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series focusing on participants who becameamous in later years such as Adolf Hitler Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthurThe book is at its best when Fered than during the D Day invasion of Normandy Why Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a The Mother Zone fastading chance or glory and promotion Joseph E Persico puts the reader in the trenches with the orgotten and the amous among the latter Corporal Adolf Hitler Captain Harry Truman and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton Ma. .not the well known leaders Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design far awayrom the ightingThe book really makes you wonder what
This is a sobering book and not an easy one to digest An observation in the book states that despite 4 years of war the participants still couldn t igure out how to stop the movement to battle Here we ollow French British American and German troops as they The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War fight and die minutes before the ceaseire at 1100 AM 11111918 and some even after the official end Seldom will you Sicilian Lives find a blatant example of the madness and waste of war The book jumps between the last day of the war and various times earlier in the conflict all the way back to the start 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour by Joseph Persico is an interesting and captivating book covering not only theinal moments of the Great War but also offering a general history of the war Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art from its beginning in 1914 The authorollows a number of characters great and small throughout the narrative We Alice Oliver follow the paths andinal The Protestant Temperament fate of a number of soldiersrom America Britain France and Germany We also get glimpses of those who control their destiny Foch Haig Hindenburg and Pershing The story is well told and you ll ind yourself ollowing the lives of these men and women intensely mostly with the knowledge of what is to come but still drawn into the The Radiant Child final agonising moments before the end The book can jump about a littlerom 1914 to 1918 as mentioned by previous reviewers however I did not ind that this detracted rom the story and The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data felt it worked well enough The book has received aew negative reviews in my country Australia mainly or the act that the author tends to miss the other allies Australia New Zealand who were Tempting Eden fighting along side the Americans The Australian Imperial Force AIF servedrom 1915 to 1918 on the Western Front and as a whole suffered a casualty rate of 65% the highest of any Allied army in WW1 However I can see that this book has been written mainly Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for an American audience and I think it has done well The author s intent to show the terribly tragedy of thatinal day the waste of soldiers lives by Generals in an attempt to comply with criminal inept and stupid orders Talking to Dragons from higher up comes through strongly Regardless of which nation those soldiers served it s a well told story and one that needed to be told I have read a uite a number of books on the Great War but this is one of theirst to bring home the Three Times the Love futility of some of the actions carried out by supposedly intelligent leaders commanders I hope that we neverorget the sacrifice made by all the combatants willing or not in this most terrible War 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour is a book that both engages and The Drowning Man frustrates at the same time Considering the book s title as well as its subtitle Armistice Day 1918 I began reading this book thinking that Joseph Persico was going to do an in depth look at theinal day of ighting in World War I However this is not necessarily the case because if you ll notice there s a second subtitle to the book World War I and It s Violent Climax Persico starts off
focusing on individuals on sides of the trenches as the inal hour of the war approaches Yet he continually jumps back into time to give a general history of the Western Front then switches to an American based history once the US enters the war in 1917 He constantly goes back and GREAT INVESTMENT, THE forth in his narrative introducing a plethora of individuals at various stages of the war After a while it gets hard to remember who is who and a lot of page shuffling ensues When heinally does get down the inal hours of the war he seems to speed up the pace of the book so that the actual events of Nov 11 get a less than satisfactory overview All of this detracts rom otherwise is a decent book that explores the lives of the men in the trenches and the utterly horrific conditions they endured The Lively Art of Writing forour years He also does a good job of revealing the pointless deaths of thousands of men in the inal hours of the war when both sides knew the end was near yet the Allied officers continued to press on with their attacks 111111 is worth reading or the human ace it puts on the First World War but be warned if you like your histories to start at point A and end neatly at point Z this probably isn t the book or you The mark of a great book is when the contents of it bother you so much you toss and turn at night and you call your riends and amily members and share the gripping details of the book The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour is such a bookThey say that it would take something like a week and a half or the war dead on the Western Front to parade past you if marching our abreast For every one British soldier killed in WWII three were killed in WWI It was mass slaughter on a scale that no one had ever seen before so great that this was coined the war to end all wars But as the author said only those killed in the war have seen the last war Why was it necessary or the Allies to plan a last minute offensive on the morning of the last day of the war when both sides knew that an Armistice was to go into effect at 11 AM So that some General officer sitting in a map room could run the British CavalryBy Focusing On Individuals On
triumphantly down the streets of Mons on the last morning of the war I was sickeneddown the streets of Mons on the last morning of the war I was sickened the act that Canadian soldiers The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness found veterans ofirst Mons among the dead on that last needless charge At least several AEF Divisional commanders thought that this was ludicrous and The Leadership Gap found ways to protect their men the last morning Still men were killed on the last morning of WWI than were killed on D Day of WWII Eight years after the war s end BEF Fie. St World War I and Its Violent ClimaxNovember 11 1918 Theinal hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I The Allied generals knew the Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) fighting would end precisely at 1100 AM yet in theinal hours they lung men against an already beaten Germany The result Eleven thousand casualties suf. .
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