The Pity of War: Explaining World War I
By Niall Ferguson. In The Pity of War, author Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as World War I was England’s fault.
The war, however, was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of clandestine forces.
More Allied soldiers were killed in the four-and-a-half-month Battle of the Somme than Americans in Vietnam. Total British casualties (killed, wounded, taken prisoner) in that battle were some 420,000 men.
For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them, and why the world is as it is, there is no better guide than The Pity of War.
Softcover, 624 pages