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The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition between the world's great economies. Now, one hundred years after the first guns of August rang out on the Western front, historian William Philpott reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war. Drawing on the experience of front-line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians, and diplomats, War of Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict was fought as it was fought, as well as how the attitudes and actions of political and military leaders, and the willing responses of their peoples, stamped the twentieth century with unprecedented carnage on-and behind-the battlefield. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Derek Perkins…keeps the audiobook moving, narrating with unflagging intelligence and energy, aided by his clear and incisive British accent and excellent pacing. His modulations of tone and emphasis express the meanings of the text and help keep places, events, people, and concepts across several continents and four years effortlessly clear for the listener. His pronunciation of foreign names and words, especially German, is good.”


  • An astute examination by an expert war historian that sifts through the collective 'theatres of attrition' in this unprecedented slaughter. Kirkus
  • “An astute examination by an expert war historian that sifts through the collective ‘theatres of attrition’ in this unprecedented slaughter.”

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  • “William Philpott has written an incisive, colorful book that details the race by both sides first to understand and then to master a long war of attrition that had been planned by every power as a short war of annihilation. War of Attrition succeeds both as an argument and as a gripping narrative of the dreadful process by which the armies (and navies) swerved from the objective of breaking though to that of killing men in a vast, globe-spanning war of exhaustion.”

    Geoffrey Wawro, author of A Mad Catastrophe and director of the University of North Texas Military History Center

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About the Author

William Philpott is a professor of the history of warfare in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. He previously taught at the University of North London, Bradford University, and London Guildhall University. He is secretary general of the British Commission for Military History and served on the Council of the Army Records Society from 1998 to 2009, holding the office of honorary secretary from 2000 to 2005. William is currently chair of the University of London’s Military Education Committee and sits on the council of the National Army Museum. He is a specialist in the operations on the Western Front. He has published extensively on the subject and is the author of the award-winning Three Armies on the Somme, Bloody Victory, and Anglo-French Relations and Strategy on the Western Front, 1914–1918.

About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has narrated numerous titles across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and nonfiction. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration.