11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax

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Arrow Books, 2005 - World War, 1914-1918 - 456 pages
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'The futility of war - and the Great War in particular - has often been remarked upon, but it was carried to its logical, nonsensical conclusion on 11 November 1918. The prospect of peace appears to have left many with an unendurable sense of unfinished business, causing them to mount attacks even when war's end had been agreed. Almost 3,000 lost their lives in the last few hours before the Armistice: here their tragic story is poignantly told.' The Scotsman Using military archives and public records, along with journals and diaries, Joseph Persico weaves together the eleventh hour experiences of the men in the trenches, unsung and unremembered, the British Tommies, French Poilus, American Doughboys and German Feldgrau. Where, for example, was the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, on that day? The pointless fighting on the last day of war is the perfect metaphor for the four years of senseless slaughter that preceded it. This book is sure to become the definitive history of the end of a conflict Winston Churchill called 'the hardest, cruellest, and least-rewarded of all the wars that have been fought.'

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Writing seemed a little disjointed. - Goodreads
Persico is a very good writer. - Goodreads
A week ending to a good book. - Goodreads

Review: Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918

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I thought this book started strong by talking about the global experience if the war. But as soon as the Americans entered the war the author forgot about all the other countries that were fighting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scott Potter - Goodreads

I believe Persico took a very complicated conflict and put it in a very interesting and easy to read story. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Joseph E Persico served as a Navy lieutenant in the Korean War, and later at Southern NATO headquarters in Naples. Subsequently he joined the US Information Agency and for eleven years he was chief speech writer for the New York Governor and later US Vice President Nelson A Rockefeller. His books include My Enemy Brother: Men and the Days of Gettysburg and Piercing the Reich: The Penetration of Nazi Germany by American Secret Agents During World War II, Roosevelt's Secret War, and as co-author of US Secretary of State Colin Powell's autobiography, A Soldier's Way. His work Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial was hailed by Howard K Smith as the 'best account' of the trial. Mr Persico is married with two children, and divides his time between homes in upstate New York and Mexico.

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