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A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914–1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front

12 January 2019 3 Comments

From the Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of Forrest Gump: “A fascinating, evenhanded, page-turning account” of Ypres’s pivotal WWI battles (San Francisco Chronicle).
 
The Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders was the most notorious and dreaded territory in all of World War I—possibly of any war in history. After Germany’s failed attempt to capture Britain’s critical ports along the English Channel, a bloody stalemate ensued in this pastoral area no larger than the island of Manhattan. Ypres became a place of horror, heroism, and terrifying new tactics and technologies: poison gas, tanks, mines, air strikes, and the unspeakable misery of trench warfare.
 
Drawing on the journals of the men and women who were there, Winston Groom has penned a drama of politics, strategy, the human heart, and the struggle for victory against all odds.
 
This ebook features 16 pages of black-and-white historical photographs.
 
“Everything nonfiction should be.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“Groom reconstructs a forgotten military passage that serves as a cautionary tale about war’s consequences.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
“Groom’s account, full of detail and the smell of gunsmoke, is expertly paced and free of dull stretches.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Moving . . . Inspiring . . . An important and brilliantly written book.” —Booklist
 
Novelist Winston Groom (Forrest Gump) brings his considerable skills as a storyteller and researcher to this gory tour of “the most notorious and dreaded place in all of the First World War, probably of any war in history.” The Ypres salient, a small, hilly section of Belgium, witnessed the wholesale destruction of the old British professional army, “the Old Contemptibles”; it was the place where the great armies of England, France, and Germany were locked in a dance of death for four years, where “more than a million soldiers were shot, bayoneted, bludgeoned, bombed, grenaded, gassed, incinerated by flamethrowers, drowned in shell craters, smothered by caved-in trenches, obliterated by underground mines, or, more often than not, blown to pieces by artillery shells.” Extraordinary moments occurred in that vast hell, including the renowned Christmas truce of 1914, when the armies set aside the killing for a few short hours, crossed the trenches, and celebrated together. But mostly the scenery was unbeautiful mud and blood, the makings of Groom’s chilling canvas, one populated by the famed generals and ordinary soldiers who met in Flanders fields. The stuff of Groom’s story will be familiar to readers of Liddell Hart, Keegan, and other scholars, and readers new to the history of the Great War will find it a memorable introduction. –Gregory McNamee
From the Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of Forrest Gump: “A fascinating, evenhanded, page-turning account” of Ypres’s pivotal WWI battles (San Francisco Chronicle).
 
The Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders was the most notorious and dreaded territory in all of World War I—possibly of any war in history. After Germany’s failed attempt to capture Britain’s critical ports along the English Channel, a bloody stalemate ensued in this pastoral area no larger than the island of Manhattan. Ypres became a place of horror, heroism, and terrifying new tactics and technologies: poison gas, tanks, mines, air strikes, and the unspeakable misery of trench warfare.
 
Drawing on the journals of the men and women who were there, Winston Groom has penned a drama of politics, strategy, the human heart, and the struggle for victory against all odds.
 
This ebook features 16 pages of black-and-white historical photographs.
 
“Everything nonfiction should be.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
“Groom reconstructs a forgotten military passage that serves as a cautionary tale about war’s consequences.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
“Groom’s account, full of detail and the smell of gunsmoke, is expertly paced and free of dull stretches.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Moving . . . Inspiring . . . An important and brilliantly written book.” —Booklist
 

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3 Comments »

  • Anonymous said:

    A good book on Ypres written by Today’s Bruce Catton

  • Anonymous said:

    Groom does a great job

  • Anonymous said:

    Gritty, determined, and brutally honest: Groom’s Flanders Fields.