Mary's Library

Monday, July 10, 2006

New from PW

Monday is the day Publisher’s Weekly announces new books, so I look forward to that email eagerly. Today’s has an important new book, which is saying something in the middle of July, which is snooze time in the publishing business, except for thrillers and hot romances which are laid down about now.

So I was interested to find a starred review of a new book about WWI by Martin Gilbert, The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War. PW calls Gilbert the dean of WWI historians. But his range is wider than that.

He has written extensively about World War II and the holocaust, his biographies of Winston Churchill are outstanding, and he has published some very useful atlases. I consider The First World War: A Complete History (1994) to be definitive.

Many of his books are available at Barnes and Noble.


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