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Author: John Mosier Narrator: Wes Talbot Publisher: Gildan Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781469027227
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Alongside Waterloo and Gettysburg, the Battle of Verdun during World War I stands as one of history’s greatest clashes. Yet it is also one of the most complex and misunderstood. Conventional wisdom holds that the battle began in February 1916 and lasted until December, when the victorious French wrested all the territory they had lost back from the Germans. In fact, says historian John Mosier, from the very beginning of the war until the armistice in 1918, no fewer than eight distinct battles were waged for the possession of Verdun. These conflicts are largely unknown, even in France, owing to the obsessive secrecy of the French high command and its energetic propaganda campaign to fool the world into thinking that the war on the Western Front was a steady series of German checks and defeats. Although British historians have always seen Verdun as a one-year battle designed by the German chief of staff to bleed France white, Mosier’s careful analysis of the German plans reveals a much more abstract and theoretical approach. Our understanding of Verdun has long been mired in myths, false assumptions, propaganda, and distortions. Now, using numerous accounts of military analysts, serving officers, and eyewitnesses, including French sources that have never been translated, Mosier offers a compelling reassessment of the Great War’s most important battle. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kilgore | 5/16/2019

    " Brilliant analysis on the conduct of the first wars major battles and strategy. Eye opening narrative that effectively and clearly debunks many traditional views of the war. Anyone wishing to really understand the war and makes sense out of the debacle that was the "War to end all Wars" should read this. "

About the Author

John Mosier is the author of The Myth of the Great War, and from 1989–1992 he edited the New Orleans Review. As a military historian, he received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum for the study of the two world wars. He lives in Jefferson, Louisiana.

About the Narrator

Wes Talbot has worked as a voice and character actor for more than twenty-five years. His corporate and commercial clients include Discover Card, MassMutual, and ServiceSpan, as well as numerous others. He also works as a voice announcer for WGBY Public Television for western New England.