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World War IWorld War 1 was one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. At its end, it had claimed over seventeen million lives. It led to the collapse of nations, the abdication of monarchies and ended empires. Entire divisions of men perished in the pursuit of mere miles of uninhabitable wasteland –– towns were pulverized and millions displaced. It became a horrendous wa World War IWorld War 1 was one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. At its end, it had claimed over seventeen million lives. It led to the collapse of nations, the abdication of monarchies and ended empires. Entire divisions of men perished in the pursuit of mere miles of uninhabitable wasteland –– towns were pulverized and millions displaced. It became a horrendous war of attrition, each side competing to kill as many of their foe as possible.Inside you will read about... ✓ 1914 - Blood is spilled ✓ 1915 - The dawn of the industrialized war ✓ 1916 - Unrelenting bloodshed ✓ 1917 - Revolution, revelation and catastrophe ✓ 1918 - The great war at an endIt became the first industrialized war in history and introduced revolutionary technology into the fray. The airplane, the tank and the machine gun first saw action collectively during the conflict. It was also the first war in which poison gas was used to choke young men out of their trenches.This book is a timeline account of the important events that shaped the First World War. It details the events and causes that led the world to war. This book covers the milestone moments, important battles, and how the outcome changed the world forever.


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World War IWorld War 1 was one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. At its end, it had claimed over seventeen million lives. It led to the collapse of nations, the abdication of monarchies and ended empires. Entire divisions of men perished in the pursuit of mere miles of uninhabitable wasteland –– towns were pulverized and millions displaced. It became a horrendous wa World War IWorld War 1 was one of the bloodiest wars in modern history. At its end, it had claimed over seventeen million lives. It led to the collapse of nations, the abdication of monarchies and ended empires. Entire divisions of men perished in the pursuit of mere miles of uninhabitable wasteland –– towns were pulverized and millions displaced. It became a horrendous war of attrition, each side competing to kill as many of their foe as possible.Inside you will read about... ✓ 1914 - Blood is spilled ✓ 1915 - The dawn of the industrialized war ✓ 1916 - Unrelenting bloodshed ✓ 1917 - Revolution, revelation and catastrophe ✓ 1918 - The great war at an endIt became the first industrialized war in history and introduced revolutionary technology into the fray. The airplane, the tank and the machine gun first saw action collectively during the conflict. It was also the first war in which poison gas was used to choke young men out of their trenches.This book is a timeline account of the important events that shaped the First World War. It details the events and causes that led the world to war. This book covers the milestone moments, important battles, and how the outcome changed the world forever.

30 review for World War 1: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    The book intends to give a brief summary of the First World War, so I did not expect much going in and to that extent it delivers. However, while this book covers all key battles of the War, it was very poorly put together. The narration keeps moving from the western front to the eastern front to the Middle East abruptly. I also hope, they could have focused more on key Battles of Somme & Verdun. But unfair to except much details in just 50 pages. So, Overall a good read. 2.5/5 The book intends to give a brief summary of the First World War, so I did not expect much going in and to that extent it delivers. However, while this book covers all key battles of the War, it was very poorly put together. The narration keeps moving from the western front to the eastern front to the Middle East abruptly. I also hope, they could have focused more on key Battles of Somme & Verdun. But unfair to except much details in just 50 pages. So, Overall a good read. 2.5/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Muthu Anand

    A brief account on World War 1.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Got this as a free e-book download, so I figured what the heck, I'll try it. Turns out, it is just about what you'd expect from a 50-page "history" of...well, anything: a list of events. First this happened. Then that happened. Next, this other thing happened. Yes, the events presented are all important aspects of the First World War. And yes, all of these events are laid out in a pretty cohesive chronological order. But they are never covered in any detail; they are seldom put into any kind of Got this as a free e-book download, so I figured what the heck, I'll try it. Turns out, it is just about what you'd expect from a 50-page "history" of...well, anything: a list of events. First this happened. Then that happened. Next, this other thing happened. Yes, the events presented are all important aspects of the First World War. And yes, all of these events are laid out in a pretty cohesive chronological order. But they are never covered in any detail; they are seldom put into any kind of context; and there are few if any relationships drawn between even the most significant events. But at 50 pages, there just isn't room for any of that , is there? And I knew that going in, so I can't really judge it too harshly. It is what it purports to be: the Cliff Notes for World War I. You won't learn anything substantive about the war, but if you need a super-quick crash course on the war in general, you could do worse this "history". If nothing else, the passages, brief as they may be, are at least well written.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Lowe

    A Good Book About An Important Event in Human History!! This book provides the reader with a well written, consise, and fact filled account of World War 1 (WW 1) It is filled with information regarding the key events, nations involved, why they fought, the major battles, the weapons used, the conditions men fought and died in, and so forth. I bet some folks are asking why should I read a book about World War I? Consider that WW 1 resulted in more than 9 Million soldiers fatalities, more than 20 M A Good Book About An Important Event in Human History!! This book provides the reader with a well written, consise, and fact filled account of World War 1 (WW 1) It is filled with information regarding the key events, nations involved, why they fought, the major battles, the weapons used, the conditions men fought and died in, and so forth. I bet some folks are asking why should I read a book about World War I? Consider that WW 1 resulted in more than 9 Million soldiers fatalities, more than 20 Million wounded, and at least 5 Million civillian deaths. Many of them and their loved ones believed they were sacrificing themselve in what was called the "War to End All Wars". However, after 4 years of the deadliest warfare in history, when in 1919, the winners wrote the peace treaty (The Treaty of Versailles) they included many punitive provisions that led to the onset of World War II within 20 years of ratifying the treaty. Clearly mankind did not take away the right lessons learned about the First World War! I have read and studied numerous books regarding WW I, and believe this book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.It is well written, easy to understand, clearly and succinctly presented. I strongly recommend that the widest possible audience read this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Troy Parfitt

    The book is free, so thank you to the writer. It reads sort of like a high school textbook, only the view is broader and there are no sources or activities. The story is so interesting, it'd be hard to go wrong, but Mr. Freeman should have gotten an editor. There are several mistakes (for example, the past tense of sink is sank, not sunk) and the style is clunky and mechanical. Some of the chapter titles are dreadful. But if you overlook the writing, the book provides a decent overview of the wa The book is free, so thank you to the writer. It reads sort of like a high school textbook, only the view is broader and there are no sources or activities. The story is so interesting, it'd be hard to go wrong, but Mr. Freeman should have gotten an editor. There are several mistakes (for example, the past tense of sink is sank, not sunk) and the style is clunky and mechanical. Some of the chapter titles are dreadful. But if you overlook the writing, the book provides a decent overview of the war. And, as I said, it's free. Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World and War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Conch

    I want to know about world war 1, and kindle offers me this one free. So, why to waste the chance. The real reason is to win the Goodread challenge;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Young Kim

    A good read: Pr'ett-y en-/ in-form'at-ive/ -if ur'/ wr'itten in same-b'ur/ simple English It is a good read, pretty informative written in simple English. However, the biggest reason this book can’t be rated 4- or 5-star one is that there are so many editorial issues found throughout pages: Should have studied more on the author's part, while more prudent work should have been carried out on the editor's part. (Kindle Ed. p. 48) ...A new conflict was about to echo the first, and what had been learne A good read: Pr'ett-y en-/ in-form'at-ive/ -if ur'/ wr'itten in same-b'ur/ simple English It is a good read, pretty informative written in simple English. However, the biggest reason this book can’t be rated 4- or 5-star one is that there are so many editorial issues found throughout pages: Should have studied more on the author's part, while more prudent work should have been carried out on the editor's part. (Kindle Ed. p. 48) ...A new conflict was about to echo the first, and what had been learned was to be utilized once more in another horrendous war. Funny: The first phrase is great, but the other's wrong; politically the Second World War (the later round of the 3rd Global War of Powershift and Hegemony) could not be explained without the First World War (the earlier round of the 3rd GWPH), but when it came to the military tactics the second (sequent) one was now a totally different type of warfare. Both the sides used the tactics of blitzkrieg and occupied the vast lands of the opponents for a while, which was totally “opposite” to the ones of the fore/ p're[vi'ous]/ fir[st] conflict. All-in-all, this book is a well-written one in a clear chronological order of the e-vents/ -winds. The book’s not complete, but anyway, com-pared to other “con-vent'ion-al” studies of the Great War, which had only focused on the European battle fr'onts, this book is definitely a better one. Here's the full review for you :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Arunayan Sharma

    Some unknown facts about World War 1 are unfolded through this book. Useful to know at a glance of first World War.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abhijeet Jain

    " Short, quick, boring, pile of date-wise world war 1 stats " ^ this is what the book is, If you hate too many dates like me, you won't like this book. It would have been better if the author had put all the dates at the end of the book, But he didn't, which made this more boring than my academic history books. Me while reading this book :- The only reason to read it is: it's available for free on kindle. My take: Better watch some World War 1 documentary than to read this collection of dates! " Short, quick, boring, pile of date-wise world war 1 stats " ^ this is what the book is, If you hate too many dates like me, you won't like this book. It would have been better if the author had put all the dates at the end of the book, But he didn't, which made this more boring than my academic history books. Me while reading this book :- The only reason to read it is: it's available for free on kindle. My take: Better watch some World War 1 documentary than to read this collection of dates!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spanishliz

    Attempts to be a brief overview of a complex subject, and in so doing makes numerous errors. (e.g. refers to the Balkans as the Baltics, gets the date of Jutland wrong, calls Dogger Bank "Dodder" Bank, proclaims that all British pilots were called Aces...) Please don't give this to any young people to read, it won't help them with their studies.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    A brief summary on world war one. A nice way of refreshing or revising for your history class.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shubham Kansal

    Word War 1 : A History From Beginning to End Why I read this book?💯 --------------------------------- I am always fond of great history events which eventually changed the world and shape the modern age. World war 1 is one of the greatest events of human mankind that shaped the 21st century. This book is also an only 1 hour read❤️ What you learn from this book?💯 ------------------------------------------- This book work as the epitome for the world war 1. It has stated the reason for the starting of wa Word War 1 : A History From Beginning to End Why I read this book?💯 --------------------------------- I am always fond of great history events which eventually changed the world and shape the modern age. World war 1 is one of the greatest events of human mankind that shaped the 21st century. This book is also an only 1 hour read❤️ What you learn from this book?💯 ------------------------------------------- This book work as the epitome for the world war 1. It has stated the reason for the starting of war. How six countries formed two major alliances to fight with each other over a piece of land. Millions of people lost their life. How 10000 men were massacred in one lethal atack with in minutes. How Britain's had to face humiliation by Ottomans not once but twice. 🇮🇳Indians were also the part of British led colonial army who fought against Germans alongside them. Although many lost their lives but many good things happened alongside the catastrophe. Many revolutions were held during that period. Many monarchies fall. Word social also got the motion past after the war. Who should read this book?💯 ------------------------------------------ History lovers should read this book. One who is preparing for exams can also gain good chunk of information for their history questions. This book is a crash course for the world war 1 history 🤗❤️💯💯 My Ratings ⭐⭐⭐⭐ One ⭐ for keep it short and simple One ⭐ for making it available for free One ⭐ for the content One ⭐ Henry freeman writing style One ❌ because it becomes boring midway.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Hung

    The entire history of World War One is cramped into one small little book of only 50 pages, author Henry Freeman did what he is best - summarizing the key events in a chronological order on a year account, starting from 1914 until 1918. It's fruitless and not necessarily compare it to the book of magnum opus, Barbara W. Tuchman 's "Guns of August", which by the way I have not finished reading still. The reading of Freeman's World War I was crisp but thoughtful. It's meant to be read under two ho The entire history of World War One is cramped into one small little book of only 50 pages, author Henry Freeman did what he is best - summarizing the key events in a chronological order on a year account, starting from 1914 until 1918. It's fruitless and not necessarily compare it to the book of magnum opus, Barbara W. Tuchman 's "Guns of August", which by the way I have not finished reading still. The reading of Freeman's World War I was crisp but thoughtful. It's meant to be read under two hours at most but I took it at a leisurely pace. The history spanned from the general politics among the European powers, the war plans (Germany's "Schlieffen Plan" and France's "Plan 17"), zepplins' raids over Britain, naval conflicts in the North Sea, to the early battles of Bolimow, Masurian Lake and Neuve Chapelle, siege of Przemysl, chemical warfare during the Battle of Second Ypres, landing at Gallipoli, German U-boat submarine warfare, the battles of Isonzo and Loos, to the culminating and unrelenting bloodshed at the climax battles of Somme and Verdun. The Russian Revolution was a turning page when Tsar Nicolas II abdicated from his throne. While everyone was expecting a Central Powers win led by the Imperial Germany, the tide turned when the "Zimmerman Telegram" revealed Germany's support of Mexico for an attack on the U.S. to reclaim the lost territories. U.S. entered into the war on the side of the Triple Entente. A series of Entente's counteroffensives over Arras, Vimy Ridge, Cambrai, and even the failed but honorable Kerensky Offensive at Gailica, moved the frontlines a few hundred miles back toward German borders. But this war of attritions would finally have taken its toll. Russia wanted to end the war as badly as Germany. A peace treaty was signed in Brest-Litovsk between the two. German war effort and momentum, however, was stopped with the influx of America's aids and offensives on the west. Not soon after the Hundred Days' Offensive, Germany asked for a peace talk. The book narrates the war events nicely and comprehesively, though some places are rushed to end due to the limited no. of pages. Overall, World War I: A History From Beginning to End is more than introductory reading than most, but leaping over details sometimes where you would have wanted more. Recommended for novice who wants to read more about the war, while at the same time don't want to be overwhelmed by all the platitude and details.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kodie

    I found this book very useful considering the length- it is exceedingly short. I found that it gave a good, brief description of ww1 and gave me a really good insight of the events that took place and the horrific conditions that soldiers faced daily. I read this book due to the fact I'm currently taking history as a gcse, however I was quite behind on this topic and I found that this book really helped and caught me up. I would definitely recommend this for abit of light, extra reading. persona I found this book very useful considering the length- it is exceedingly short. I found that it gave a good, brief description of ww1 and gave me a really good insight of the events that took place and the horrific conditions that soldiers faced daily. I read this book due to the fact I'm currently taking history as a gcse, however I was quite behind on this topic and I found that this book really helped and caught me up. I would definitely recommend this for abit of light, extra reading. personally, it could be improved as it wasn't the most detailed book and I know a lot of information about ww1 that unfortunately wasn't included in this book. overall, I would recommend this book, especially if it's a topic that you're perhaps studying at school.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hasso von Moltke

    Essentially a high school paper The intent of this book is to simply give a brief summary of the First World War, so I did not expect much going in, as I have studied the Great War extensively. However, while this book does a generally acceptable quick overview of the conflict, it is full of annoying errors and clunky language. Most of the errors are miniscule, but they remain consistently there. The most glaring of these is the author's persistent mistake in referring to the Balkans as the Balti Essentially a high school paper The intent of this book is to simply give a brief summary of the First World War, so I did not expect much going in, as I have studied the Great War extensively. However, while this book does a generally acceptable quick overview of the conflict, it is full of annoying errors and clunky language. Most of the errors are miniscule, but they remain consistently there. The most glaring of these is the author's persistent mistake in referring to the Balkans as the Baltic. Overall, if anyone is looking for a good quick overview of the First World War I word skip this book and go with Norman Stone's book instead.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    World War 1: A History from Beginning to End (2016) by Henry Freeman is a short, 50 page history of WWI.  The book doesn't contain any great insights but for anyone looking for something more than a wikipedia page but less than the typical five hundred page history it is useful. I certainly learned quite a few things about WWI and will probably go back and read it in future. It's a bit like one of the short introduction to books but it is even shorter. The book does exactly what it describes and i World War 1: A History from Beginning to End (2016) by Henry Freeman is a short, 50 page history of WWI.  The book doesn't contain any great insights but for anyone looking for something more than a wikipedia page but less than the typical five hundred page history it is useful. I certainly learned quite a few things about WWI and will probably go back and read it in future. It's a bit like one of the short introduction to books but it is even shorter. The book does exactly what it describes and is worth the time required to read it. 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    Good and detailed I've read a few different short ww1 books and this one ranks among the best. Although it is short there is a lot of detail involved and sometimes it was like reading through a detailed timeline . My only gripe is when battles are referred to as american and allies, America was part of the allies, why refer to them as their own entity. But that's my just having a moan, its a decent book and whether you're starting to learn about the war from a beginner point of view or are just r Good and detailed I've read a few different short ww1 books and this one ranks among the best. Although it is short there is a lot of detail involved and sometimes it was like reading through a detailed timeline . My only gripe is when battles are referred to as american and allies, America was part of the allies, why refer to them as their own entity. But that's my just having a moan, its a decent book and whether you're starting to learn about the war from a beginner point of view or are just refreshing your knowledge it is definitely worth a read . Recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Omar Taufik

    I got this free Amazon Kindle book in order to gain a better general picture of WW1 since I am more familiar with the Ottoman/Middle Eastern aspects of the war. The book was brief but did highlight the Great War at a good high level covering - in general - the main events and battles. It gave me more insight of European history and relations of the early twentieth century. Also to my interest, it highlighted some technology related developments that occurred due to the war in the competition of wa I got this free Amazon Kindle book in order to gain a better general picture of WW1 since I am more familiar with the Ottoman/Middle Eastern aspects of the war. The book was brief but did highlight the Great War at a good high level covering - in general - the main events and battles. It gave me more insight of European history and relations of the early twentieth century. Also to my interest, it highlighted some technology related developments that occurred due to the war in the competition of warfare industry. A good read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karthik BS

    Nice book for beginners What I enjoyed the most is the fact that narration concentrated on mentioning chain of events or battles without going deep into any of those. For large part, it felt like narration was by neutral person and not any one side was glorified or justified for its action. But to make things clearer, I would have appreciated if individual events were followed by maps.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Simcox

    Both sides strived to slay countless adversaries. World War One developed into awful combat of slow destruction. Cities were crushed and masses lost all they had. Pursuing vast ransacked badlands, partitions of civilization died. This read is laden with facts including biological armaments, dugout combat, air combat and much more between enemies. A well-written book with intriguing explanations of an unforgettable War.

  21. 4 out of 5

    R

    Quick reading with clear and concise details for anybody who wants to understand WWI in a short time. A suitable book to prepare oneself for more detailed study of the war for school or an assignment. Language is simple and suitable for students. No unnecessary details. Mostly information about the war, supply, lives lost, war technology, lands acquired and lost - divided into year-wise sections. Looking forward to more such short books on various historical events.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Quick read but... This book, although informative, was very poorly put together. It almost seems like it took as long to read it as the author took to write it (approximately 1 hour). Events of the war seem scattered and the flow of the book almost seems like the author took paragraphs from other books and just kind of stuck them next to each other. Would not recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sathiesh

    This book gives limited knowledge about the WW1. You can finish reading the 50 pages in a single sitting. Conclusion of the book carries a great message. World war 1 has played a vital role in inventions of deadly weapons. A war started for assassination of a couple that took millions of lives. A war can never give victory to any side.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meghaa

    I have always been interested in History but never had the time nor the courage to divulge into the depths of it. This book is the perfect solution. It is like bullet points of the event but very articulately described. Will definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to visit history but doesn't have the time to stay there for long. Will also definitely take up other books by the author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Saahil Sharma

    If you are unsure like me that how this massive war has started and massacred for 4 years, then this book is definitely for you. It tells you the reason for the war, how different countries took advantage of others to gain a some mile or a land, industrialised as well as bio weapons and the end of the war after the involvement of America in 1917.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rebecca Shaw

    A quick interesting book. It is too short to give you much detail about any one item but covers in a speedy way the entire war. Other books will provide more understanding of battles and politics that are going on at this time period but this book only tries to give you a quick overview.

  27. 4 out of 5

    christopher hardy

    Insightful Very concise good way to learn about historical events. For someone who didn't like studying history as a kid , this is a good way to dip ones toes into events. Will read more from this author

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yasaswi Goud

    Worth reading I am interested in reading history books.when I was searching for books of world war.I found this book,though it doesn't completely speak about it .the author manage to cover from beginning of the war to end of the war.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Diehl

    Wonderful introduction into WW1. The story continues with so many atacts, the eb and flow between gains and losses. Wish I had passed Very educational book with so much information. I liked the past when America came into action! Now I understand why WW2 began.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Comprehensive Overview A good overview of the First World War, including looks at the Eastern, African, Italian and Levantine/Mesopotamia campaigns. A quick read, and one that will leave you wanting for more. One of the better in the series.

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