This is THE history book on WW1 if
you want to know about the German side. It won the
Tomlinson prize in 1997. Written by a professor form
Canada it is exhaustively noted. English speaking
folks grew up with the English / American version of
WW1. The highly vaunted Keegen book is just another
anglophile rehash of events. Herwig takes you
into the social and economic side of the Central
Powers. You really learn how much of a drain
Austria was on the war effort. This book is
something completely different. You will learn
from this historian a new perspective. 490 pages
with extensive notes. Flexicover. There are
more reviews on the B&N site.
I have lots of praise for the
research and easy to read style. You really get a
feel about how rudderless the ship was. He
really dislikes Ludendorf and always uses the oft
repeated line of never having grown intellectually
larger than an infantry colonel. What is that
supposed to mean? Some critics complain that
Austria and Germany are not separate studies.
Original source material here. Buy this book.