The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-myths of War, 1861-1945 - John TerraineLondon: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with scuffing to the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Price Clipped.
From the cover: “Did tanks really ‘win’ the First World War? Was the machine-gun the ‘most lethal weapon’? Were all British generals really cavalrymen? Did generals have no better idea than to throw thousands of men against impregnable defences to make a gap for cavalry to ride through, knee to knee? Was the First World War the most deadly in history?
The mythology which surrounds the 1914-1918 War to this day embraces all these myths, and more. In The Smoke and the Fire John Terraine argues that the truth can only be approached by looking at that war in the light of the others which really resemble it: the American Civil War and the Second World War. These are the three life-and-death struggles fought with the technology of the First Industrial Revolution.
What are the real links between Abraham Lincoln, David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt? What connects Robert E. Lee, Marshal Foch and General Douglas MacArthur? What is the inner nature of the wars in which they all took part? These are some of the questions to which John Terraine attempts to find an answer in this provocative and intriguing book.”