Like Taylor's other books, this book consists of less than 300 pages. Roughly about 50% is pictures.(There are 221 pictures in all, most of which I liked very much.) So this book is a very small one.
As a general overview of First World War, I don't feel like recommanding this book to others, for it omitted many things. For example, Taylor just ignored Armenian massacre which was committed by Turkey in 1915. Any way, no historian could compress First World War into such a small volume without jettisoning something important.
The strength of this book is that Taylor squarely faced some awkward questions which other historians usually avoid. (If you can read between the lines, you would learn much from this book. If you can't, this book is just a big chunk of contradiction.) Though Taylor pointed out many follies of First World War, he said that it was well implemented in a sense: the subjects of the Habsburg Empire obtained their national freedom; some of the subjects of the Ottoman Empire started on the same path; the war postponed the domination of Europe by Germany, or perhaps prevented it.