- File Size: 1122 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (January 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I5PB9AM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How Wars Begin Kindle Edition
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First, it's hardly a book, more like a longish pamphlet.
Second, Taylor's style is terrible, reading like a first draft or (possibly) dictation.
Third, the Kindle version is studded with formatting/transcription errors, which makes even the best book look like an amateur effort.
Finally, Taylor never really addresses the stated subject, "How Wars Begin." The book consists of quick accounts of how a number of wars, from the wars following the French Revolution, began but with no overall theme or pattern developed. Also, Taylor's narrative is both very brief -- and rather bad. His version of how the First World War started reads like a caricature or satire. I can't tell if brevity tripped him up or if this how Taylor really thought WWI began.
The last section, on the Cold War (still running in 1979 and over only shortly before Taylor died in 1990) is just terrible, even taking into account the passage of thirty-plus years.
Taylor did better work elsewhere (or so I'm told). Better than this is a pretty low bar.
Taylor is very learned but doesn't really show it off here