|Detail: Behind Albert — Artillery Firing and Troops Moving to the Front|
I overlooked this one in 2013:
Occasionally, I get messages from our readers recommending this work for a review in Roads to the Great War. Frankly, I had not been impressed (for reasons I won't go into) with Sacco's earlier work. However, at one of the gift shops on the Western Front I visited earlier this year, I saw a fully opened up copy of The Great War. . . and I was quite impressed. It does a fine job of capturing the scope and spectacular nature of war and brings to mind General Patton's quote, "Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance." Sacco doesn't spare anything on the tragedy of the battle, either. However, there are lots of work that accurately depict the Somme in those terms. What is special here is the depiction of the breadth and complexity of a huge battle, in the manner of that often criticized film about D-Day, The Longest Day. Highly recommended for your library.
|Detail: Over the Top|