The Greatest Day in History by Nicholas Best
How, on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End

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Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. After a dramatic week of negotiations, military offensives and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, and at eleventh hour on the 11th of November, the guns officially ceased fire, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustained—almost as many as on D-Day.

Nicholas Best tells the story in sweeping, cinematic style, revealing that events were far from pre-ordained. From the generals’ headquarters to the frontline trenches, from the factories to the farms, he reveals the twists and turns that led to the end of the Great War.


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NICHOLAS BEST grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked as a journalist in London. He was the Financial Times fiction critic for ten years and is the author of The Greatest Day in History, a narrative on the end of World War I.
Published October 13, 2009 by PublicAffairs. 325 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Best’s descriptions of military events are evocative, and he provides considerable descriptive detail but avoids an actual blow-by-blow account in most cases: “One of the grenades had exploded against Flora’s revolver, which had shielded her from the full force of the blast…But Flora survived, al...

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