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History for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour.World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost theiHistory for busy people. Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour.World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns and toxic gas attacks.WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for all history lovers....

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  • Paul Titley
    2019-03-22 00:42

    Tempted by the combination of this being a summary of a period of history of which I know very little and the fact it was free on Amazon, I was keen to give it a whirl. It does what it says on the tin - and presents a summary of the main campaigns of the First World War. As other reviewers have noted, the timeline jumps around somewhat - though this issue is difficult to overcome, as the war was fought in many parts of the world over long periods of time. The writing style is very factual - as it needs to be to cover such a large subject in an hour. The reading time was about 90 mins for me, but there is an appendix which is probably another third of the book, providing short biographies of the main individuals. As a reader with very little knowledge of this period, I have taken two things away from the book. Firstly, it is a good foundation/overview, from which I will now look to read in more detail (the end of the Ottoman Empire, for example). Secondly, is to look into the rest of the series for a similar background to other periods of history.

  • Zoe Hall
    2019-03-03 07:40

    Just like the other History in a Hour book I read, this is a quick and comprehensive book. An interesting but digestible guide to World War One.

  • Danny Adams
    2019-03-05 07:40

    Five stars for exactly what it sets out to be: an excellent overview of World War One, particularly someone coming to the war's history for the first time. You won't find a great deal of details about things like battles or the revolutionary movements that overthrew the Tsar and nearly upended Germany...but then if it did, it would be a standard much-longer-than-an-hour-to-read history. If you want something quick (I really did read it in about an hour) and basic that will sketch out nearly all of World War One's most important events and backgrounds for you, I can't think of a better place to start. (And I used it to jump back into reading about the war for an upcoming trip to the Western Front in Flanders.)

  • Susan
    2019-02-28 04:35

    A fast, but interesting read, charting the causes, progress and aftermath of WWI.I was amazed at how much the author packed into such a small book, the information flowed, and gave lots of ideas for further research.The short biographies of some of the war's main protagonists, given in the second part of the book, were an excellent addition to this engaging sprint through four years of history.

  • Elle
    2019-03-13 06:32

    If you don't know much about World War One I am sure this book will be very interesting. I know a lot more about the second World War so I found this book to have a lot of new information but not overly detailed enough to be become boring. Quick read that I took my time dipping into every so often.

  • Christopher Johnston
    2019-03-09 04:37

    Turns out I am quite a slow reader.Good read which will leave you checking out other sources as various facts pique your interest on a topic.

  • Dunkthebiscuit Kendrick
    2019-03-11 05:32

    On 28 June 1914 a young Serbian named Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and started a political avalanche that would eventually see over 13 million people dead, four Empires destroyed and a redrawing of many European country borders. Princip himself was too young to face execution for his crime, and lived in prison until 1918 before succumbing to tuberculosis.I was all set to take notes while reading this book, but I didn't have to. As you can expect from the In An Hour books, it has already been pared down to the absolute basics - what happened, when and who it happened to. Appendices give short biographies of the more important people named in the book, as well as a timeline.As a basic introduction to the First World War, for those with minimum prior knowledge, I happily recommend this book.

  • Michael
    2019-02-28 05:47

    This summary is short, sweet, and to the point - similar to a Cliff's Notes version of the major actions and key players involved in World War I. This was well-researched and concise. While very high-level, it gives you enough to whet your appetite and want to learn more details, and the addition of pictures of the key players, etc., enhance the value. I also liked the end notes which gave you autobiographical information on the key players, including what happened to them after the war and how they died.Yes, it took about an hour to read this while on a plane!

  • Dan
    2019-03-02 05:50

    I might read all of these. Great way to get a quick intro to major events in world history. I think the author's bias might sneak in a little as can be expected. But give the man credit for condensing the history and keeping it entertaining. A great service to those of us who can't afford time for all of the details. Bravo!

  • David Germain
    2019-03-17 08:50

    Très intéressant pour avoir un survol de ce qui s'est passé lors de la Première grande guerre. Ne connaissant pas beaucoup l'histoire de cette guerre, c'est fascinant de constater tous les changements géopolitiques qui ont été amenés. Par contre, ça fait beaucoup de matériel en un si court document et ça devient étourdissant. Tout de même, ça donne le goût d'en savoir plus.

  • Anna R
    2019-03-12 03:52

    Comprehensive guide to the history of World War One. Could have more about the background of the war and why countries has started it but it's a good start for everyone, eho wants to learn something about history.

  • Andrew Billington
    2019-03-15 03:49

    Excellent introduction to World War 1History in an HourA complex subject in an easy to understand formatI would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy to understand introduction to this subject

  • Paula
    2019-03-02 08:42

    A good quick overview of WW1.

  • Diwakar Narayan
    2019-03-18 07:55

    Quick read to get an overview if you have been forgetting facts :)

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-07 01:31

    True to it's word this book did only take (roughly) an hour to complete but it was quite dry and hard to pick back up. I suppose it may appeal more to true history buffs or someone studying WW1.

  • Eric Sharpe
    2019-03-20 05:47

    Very basic overview of WW1. Interesting only as a starting point and some wrong dates and names were used.

  • Taylor P. Davidson
    2019-03-05 00:28

    I'm ashamed to admit that I've never been overly interested in history and, to be frank, could have paid more attention to it in school. As the result of my negligence, I'm woefully ignorant of much of the finer details of our past and have recently decided to rectify this - trying to read up on the World Wars and watch a few, well-made documentaries.Due to this, World War One: History In An Hour caught my attention recently. It sounds perfect for my needs, suggesting a brief overview of the war. And, with a title like that, how complex can it be? Unsurprising, not very and the book gives a precise overview of the key events of the conflict that are perfect for someone with little background knowledge.Writing in a fast and understandable narrative, Colley avoids using specialised jargon that may be confusing to those who don't have an extensive historical foundation to draw on (like me) and doesn't get too caught up in dates and small facts regarding the war - the very things I found tedious while studying history! Instead, Colley paints a broad picture of the belligerent conflict that is perfect for the amateur or ignorant historian that was effective in helping me to understand the events of World War I and and its underlying causes.Thus, I recommend World War One: History In An Hour to anyone who is fairly naive about history and wants to learn about WWI without getting too bogged down in heavy historical textbooks and boring manuscripts.

  • Rebecca Reid
    2019-02-26 01:36

    World War I: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (HarperPress, 2012) is just what it says it is: a brief look at the war for those interested in a taste of what it is about. HarperPress provides ebooks in this series for a very low cost (it appears to be a $1.99 or $2.99 price; see here). For people interested in history but that don’t have time for a full-length nonfiction book about it, this series may satisfy your curiosity as it did for me!True, I felt like names, dates, and places were thrown at me, and yet, even after a brief hour of reading, I do feel a little bit more satisfied. There is a lot of history to be learned and only limited time in which to learn it. I must admit that World War I has never interested me to the same extent that World War II has. This book satisfied my curiosity for now. After I finished, I found a few novels that take place during the World War I era that I want to read from my Classics Club list and started them. I like having the context of the war in mind as I read.I look forward to revisiting this series in the future! It was very convenient.Note: I read a digital review copy from the publisher via posted on my blog

  • Siew Ee
    2019-03-03 08:41

    “World War One : History in One Hour” is presented like a textbook but without the dryness or detailed facts that invariably kill interest for all except the most avid historians.For someone who knows very little about the first world war, this book was much welcomed. I really finished it in less than an hour, and while I was a little overwhelmed by the numerous events that took place, I did not find the facts confusing or boring. I was also very glad to link up the time frame with major events I was already familiar with but somehow did not associate with WWI e.g. collapse of the Russian monarchy and assassination of the royal family, Spanish flu. The Appendices on the write-up of key people involved in the war and timeline of WWI were also a bonus in this short book.I’m sure a lot more happened; I’m sure the events and battles deserve analysis and commentary; However, I’m glad that the aim of this book is to provide only an overview for those, like me, who are interested to find out about WWI without being bogged down by too much information. In short, I’m glad I read it!

  • Christine Blachford
    2019-03-08 00:30

    The trouble with reviewing these excellent “In an Hour” books is that I just end up displaying my complete ignorance of the topic in the first place. And they are usually quite important topics. This time, I read the book in my lunch hour, meaning it really did take just sixty minutes to devour.I followed the detail well, liked the in depth look at the main characters, and skipped over the timeline because I’d just read the facts in order. Could be useful for future reference though.I thought this book was a bit harder going than some of the others, but only because it’s such a sprawling topic to cover – so many names and countries getting involved, weaving in and out of the action. It’s incredible to think all that happened took place in just four or five years, but this book does a great job at summing it all up and making it digestible. As ever, I enjoyed reading it, and will probably wind up reading it again at some point as a refresher!

  • Jeff Dawson
    2019-03-04 06:35

    Not bad.I profess to be an amateur historian as I have no degrees to back-up the vast readings I've done on WWII and a small part to WWI. So, I'm always looking for something new and interesting. Sadly this one missed the mark.It does cover WWI in less than an hour and that is the problem. The reader is introduced to the facts and only the facts, yet the author fails to make any mention of the American Expedition in Russia. Yes, American troops were attempting to bring down Lenin and the new Communist government. I did like the introduction on what triggered WWI. That was good, but from that moment on, it left me flat. There is no definitive time line which could easily thwart new readers from garnering any interest in the "War to End all Wars." I did enjoy the Appendix where the reader is truly introduced to the main players and their interesting backgrounds. Well done. I believe if a more structured time line was implemented it would be easier to digest.

  • Ted
    2019-03-24 04:33

    Very short book and it's really kit fair to complain that it doesn't go into enough depth. However WWI was beyond complex. This shorty book provides either a refresher course or an overview of this tragic time in the world. The astronomical loss of life is unfathomable. Yet it was WWI, in many ways, that ushered in the modern era, both militarily as well as diplomatically and geopolitically. The crises in the Middle East still reverberate today due to this war. WWI should be called a pressure cooker war for it started in such a relatively benign way, yet that action cremated a domino effect that has never been seen before or since. It is a true reminder of what human beings are capable of. So much of the positions of that war were due to "pride." Simply astonishing that there were so few people willing to take a measured response.All in all very good for something so short.

  • Jo Barton
    2019-02-27 03:47

    Continuing my reading theme of Remembrance for November, I was attracted to this concise history of World War One which aims to give enough historical information in the space of an hour's reading time.And does it fulfil its aim - well yes, I think it does, although as always it depends on personal reading speeds, but overall, the concise nature of the book makes it interesting and informative without getting too intent on too much detail. It's also the type of book that you can refer back to if needed and would make a valuable extra resource for students covering this topic in history.There will be those who suggest that you simply can't know all there is to know about WW1 in an hour's reading time, and I would wholeheartedly agree, but if like me you read historical fiction set in this time frame,then the book works well as a short aide memoir.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-16 08:54

    This was a free kindle book and it was a very quick read.I think this is an excellent resource on WWI!The book first gives a chronological blow by blow of all the major battles, political maneuvers and revolutions beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and ending with the Spanish flu and the Paris treaty of 1919.After that portion of the book, there is a section of short biographies of all the major players in the War from Royalty to politicians to Mata Hari.The book ends with a timeline of all the events of WWI.I have always been fascinated by WWI and the way it changed the world. One of my favorite quotes is "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." -Sir Edward Grey (British Foreign Secretary). Grey said this at the start of the war on August 3, 1914.

  • Aaron Lambert
    2019-03-08 02:55

    I am a little embarrassed to admit that I read this book because of "Downton Abbey." My wife and I have been watching the British drama series and, in season two, Britain goes to war with Germany. It occurred to me that I didn't remember nearly as much World War One history as I would have liked, so I looked for a book that would give me a nice, brief summary of the war. I wanted the highlights without getting overwhelmed and I found it. This was a very nice review of the main events of WWI that even a slow reader like me could breeze through in a few days. I feel like I know enough history now to hold my own in a conversation, and it even gives me a little more insight into the second season of "Downton Abbey."

  • Andy
    2019-03-04 03:46

    All in all, not a bad little history about the First World War. It pretty much does what it says it does on the cover. Facts aren't glossed over but neither does Colley get bogged down in the details. The biographies of the major players at the end are a nice addition. If I had one minor complaint, it's that the book is a little too British-centric. Colley is clearly writing with a British readership in mind. There's a nice chapter about British life during the war; I wish there had been similar chapters about the French, German, and Russian homefronts as well. Also, the Habsburg Monarchy is skimped over a bit except at the beginning and very end. But all in all, not too bad.

  • Bruce Jenvey
    2019-03-09 01:41

    Great Book, some confusion. First, if you can read this book in an hour, you are a far faster reader than me! It's rated by Kindle at 86 pages, not true, thankfully, much longer than that. But NOT some terrible, ongoing, never ending, in-depth descriptive. This was a concise, but all inclusive, history of the period. It gave the reasons for the war, why it started, and most important, WHY a war that should have truly been settled in months, dragged on for years of agony. I consider myself a real history nut and very well read, yet, I felt a little weak in this time peroid. This book gave me all the information I have always wanted to know, concise and complete. Excellent reference!

  • Mark Maguire
    2019-02-26 00:50

    To paraphrase from one of those appalling Ronseal adverts from the early Noughties; this book "did exaclty what it said" on the cover. Critically, the book assumes no prior knowledge which makes it a useful tool for both the casual reader, and those with more than just "a passing interest" in this vast tragedy. The book was presented in a clear and precise fashion. The narrative guides you through the critical moments of the Great War in a non-partisan manner, and provides innumerable leads for further investigations in order to promote your own understanding of the rationale for the Great War. An enjoyable and worthwhile read.

  • Duckpondwithoutducks
    2019-03-03 06:28

    The idea of this series (History In An Hour) is to provide an overview of some historical subject in a format that you can read in an hour! But, of course, the length of time that it takes you to read this book will depend greatly on your reading speed. It took me half an hour to read it. Despite its' brevity, the book was able to touch on the many aspects of WWI - the war on land, on sea and in the air; the battles in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East; a chronology of major events in the war; and an appendix with brief biographies of well-known characters in the war (like Mata Hari.) It also had quite a few pictures, which helps you to visualize things.

  • Richard
    2019-03-16 07:30

    British history is one of my favourite genres, but I also like reading loads of novels. So I don't like to 'waste' my time reading long, boring, textbook-type books. So this seemed ideal and indeed it was. What a perfect way to either learn a bit of history or brush up on what you may already know, but had forgotten without realising it.I will read this again soon to add bits I missed or already forgot. As it's only a hour's read + extra reading at the end on some of the main 'players' at the time, you have time for it to really sink in.A great idea - history in an hour - and I look forward to reading other books on other parts of history. After all, it's only an hour!