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World War One: History in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Colley
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

The ‘Great War’, from July 1914 to November 1918, was without parallel. It brought to an end four dynasties, ignited revolution, and forged new nations. It introduced killing on an unprecedented scale, costing an estimated nine million lives. It was the war that destroyed any notion of romance or chivalry in battle; it pulled in combatants from nations across the globe and shattered them, body and mind.

The War involved all of the world’s great powers – the Central Powers, dominated by Germany and Austria-Hungary; the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia; and America. World War One: History in an Hour explains the unprecedented battles on land, sea and in the air and describes the Home Front, espionage, and the politics behind them. This, for the first time in history, was ‘total war’.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…



Editorial Reviews

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'If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past' Dominic Sandbrook 'The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age' Andrew Roberts, Bookseller 'This is genius' MacWorld.com

About the Author

Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield for 22 years until September 2011. A history graduate, he launched the original History In An Hour in 2009 with a website, blog and 'World War Two In An Hour' as an iPhone app. He then expanded it to Kindle, iBooks and into the USA with a series of titles, and enlisted new writers by encouraging guest bloggers on the website. History In An Hour was acquired by HarperCollins in 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (March 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E3ESWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than an hour and worth it! May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise Summary - and Took About an Hour to Read November 8, 2012
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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!

I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type this review I see the Kindle pricing is still free - even if they charged a couple of bucks for it, this is a worthwhile summary.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad October 26, 2012
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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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, direct, and interesting October 1, 2012
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This is a great read if you don't know much about
World War One, and are trying to get a good picture of the
events in the precise order they happened. I am reading
this book as a supplement to "America: the Great War 1914-
1916." I get to read what happened, and then read an eye-
witness account of it in The Great War. It's well written,
so this book gets five stars. ;)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done. August 14, 2012
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I enjoyed this very much. As soon as I finished....I bought the book on W W II . Spread the word to other history buffs.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a basic review which accomplishes the purpose October 3, 2012
By Coach Z
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I wanted a quick review of WWI and this is exactly what I got. Nothing outstanding but it could not fit that mold to begin with. The book is very helpful in this case and will enhance your process of deciding if you want to get more serious about the history and what episodes you would prefer. I think the most positive aspect is that the book was able to be concise and still limit the amount of pages in order to get through it quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers on its promise. December 16, 2012
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Excellent brief history of WWI. Even a person coming in with zero historical knowledge can leave with a decent understanding of the conflict.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Rupert Colley! December 10, 2012
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This was my father's war, and I enjoyed very much this fine condensed overview of what was really going on at that time. Quite interesting to me was how so many countries jumped on the "declaration of war" movement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fair summary, but leaves you wanting more--which is good, I guess.
It was quick and covered the basics, so completely covered what it advertises. For this instance, though, there just needs a deeper treatment.
Published 8 days ago by Tim Hibbetts
5.0 out of 5 stars great overview
Took way more than an hour but was my first real understanding of the war. I recommend it to any thoughtful person. The lessons of the war are being forgotten.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars World War One
I have always thought of World War 1 as being a dress rehearsal for World War II but after reading this book I realized that WW1 was far worse in terms of death, destruction and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great accurate read
Very good read, accurate an relatable to the younger generation like myself!
Published 1 month ago by Kerryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Found it easy to read and informative
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative, quick read about WWI. Everyone should ...
An informative, quick read about WWI. Everyone should spare 60+ minutes of his/her day to listen to Rupert Colley's review.
Published 1 month ago by Jandenpie
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this.
This book is exactly what it claims....History in an hour. Very well written. Was enjoyable to read. Kept me interested. The main character summaries at the end was very well done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read !
Pretty detailed considering the limited contents of the book.
Very readable and I would recommend it for a quick
look at history. Can't, of course. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Albert Dolmans
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good overview, a diagram would have helped understand the cross connections/ agreements between different nations and their motivations
Published 2 months ago by A Ganguly
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point
As advertise short. While I lik straight to the polnt information, this was way to little. It only got the three stars because I liked the key players description at the end.
Published 2 months ago by Katherine Davis
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More About the Author

Rupert Colley, a former librarian, is the founder of History In An Hour, a series of titles that can be read in just sixty minutes - history for busy people. Published by Harper Press, part of HarperCollins, the books are available here on the Amazon Kindle.

As well as the titles written by Rupert, there are a number of other authors writing for the series - all readable In An Hour, and all intelligently and engagingly written.

Rupert's first novel, 'My Brother the Enemy', is a novella about two brothers, twins, and their rivalry and jealousies, and the girl they both love, set against the violent backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a "good, fast, page-turning read".

His second novel, 'This Time Tomorrow', is set during and after World War One, a compelling story of war, brotherly love, romance and betrayal.

Rupert's third novel, 'The Black Maria', set during Stalin's reign, in Moscow, 1935, is now out.

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