"Thought-provoking, and often mordantly ironic."--The New Yorker
"Beatty's achievement isn't so much in discovering new material about World War I as it is in taking apart what is known about 1914 and assembling it in a different form. We see, of course, what might have been--but more important, we see, in a different light, what was. It was a calamity."--David Shribman, The Boston Globe
"Beatty seeks to navigate the historiography of the first great conflict of the twentieth century away from the 'metaphysical no-man's land of historical inevitability' and back into the 'trenches of empiricism.'"--The New Statesman
"Beatty... captures the sweep of the events that gripped the world and illuminates the epic arrogance, the paranoia, the pettiness and the myopic self-serving views of the European heads of state who had laid the cornerstone of a conflict that would lead to the deaths of millions from Moscow to Maine."--Paul Collins, Nashua Telegraph
"Beatty has a great eye for the vivid details that reveal character...'Downton Abbey' notwithstanding, the prewar era really does seem like a lost time. Beatty manages to shed some light on that receding era."--Michael Hill, The Associated Press"THE LOST HISTORY OF 1914 brings alive much of the official world of a century ago."--Bruce Ramsey, Seattle Times
"Bold stuff...[An] exuberant and bulging rag-bag of counter-factual history that challenges the 'cult of inevitability' that Europe's war-leaders were retrospectively so eager to embrace."--David Crane, The Spectator
"[A] startling study of what Woodrow Wilson called 'an injury to civilization.'"--Eve Ottenberg, In These Times"Spritely, captivating…[Beatty’s book] delivers his signature storyteller’s insights. Hardly any writer working today can amass such an enormous array of information and shape it all so effortlessly into paragraph after compelling paragraph. The centennial of World War I is bound to produce a tsunami of verbiage – and, if we’re lucky, some genuinely first-rate stuff. THE LOST HISTORY OF 1914…steals a march on all of them. Highly recommended."--Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly"THE LOST HISTORY OF 1914 will leave its mark on how we think about World War I and perhaps, beyond that, on how we think about history and history in the making."--Harvey Blume, The Arts Fuse
Such a tragic story in human history, but one that the author captures and tells well.
The lost history of 1914 Much of this book is about events that might have prevented the outbreak of World War I had they turned out differently.
The book was well written and deserves to be in the library of anyone who enjoys reading about WWI.
Way too many 5 syllable words. Spent lots of time with Websters.Published 6 months ago by annabelle
Jack Beatty has subtitled his book as `How the Great War Was Not Inevitable'. Not so sure that is right - it does seem most probable that while Germany was ruled by a weak-willed,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harry
The writer is a journalist and this work makes for an excellent complement to any of the more scholarly (Geoffrey Wawro, Max Hastings) or deeper (Hew Strachan) books on the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tyrus07
The author is well acquainted with the facts leading up to WWI. What makes this book compelling is the presentation of what could have happened. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeremy D. Booty
I really liked this book. It contained so much information about each of the major players in WWI. It makes you really wonder if the war was "destined" to happen or if... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lindan Quetelard
This was a very unique presentation of the various stories that made up the history of WWI. Strongly recommend to all.Published 14 months ago by Patrick B. STarke
Lots of info here I never knew about how the war could have been avoided as well as fascinating insights into the belligerents at the eve of the shooting.Published 14 months ago by Robert G. Steffes