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The Battle of the Somme: The Heroism and Horror of War Hardcover – Jun 27 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (June 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771035470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771035470
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #719,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Battle of the Somme adds a human touch to this devastating campaign — a fine book by one whom many consider the greatest living war author.”
Ottawa Sun

“Gilbert has unearthed fascinating details of the campaign. . . . An unforgettable read.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“A steadily astonishing piece of work that acts as a worthy remembrance.”
New York Post

“Superbly written . . . a fitting commemoration of the tragedy.”
Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Martin Gilbert, the author of more than seventy books, is Winston Churchill’s official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. In 1995 he was knighted “for services to British history and international relations,” and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work. As a British schoolboy he was sent to Canada to live out the years of World War II in safety. He now divides his time between London, Ontario, and London, England.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on Oct. 1 2006
Format: Hardcover
My reason for purchasing this book was based not only on my passion to learn more about WW1, but to discover what my great-grandfather endured at the Somme.

Sir Martin Gilbert beautifully describes the events leading up to the battle, providing the reader with details, but not smothering them with countless facts.

I personally liked how he included many names of the men killed, as well as the cemetery or monument that marks their name. It is a touching tribute to what these individuals sacrificed. Furthermore, as he states, if you are to visit any of these monuments/cemeteries, it would allow the reader the opportunity to pay tribute to these soldiers.

The Battle of the Somme brought to light the horrors of what my great-grandfather experienced. I had always known that the Somme was a horrific battle, but to read it in further detail provides me with the reasons why he did not survive and return home.

I thank Sir Martin for writing this beautiful book and for giving my great-grandfather, as well as millions of others the honour they deserve.
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