Book Description

Review ' eminently readable, visually compelling overview and summary of the one of the greatest world-shaping events of the twentieth century. Accordingly, And the World Went Dark more than justifies its place alongside the other books about World War One. For anyone ? young or old ? seeking a short, accessible and authoritative introduction to the subject, this unique book is an ideal starting point. Similarly, for a school-age student about to embark upon studying this conflict And the World Went Dark represents a thoroughly competent source of many important facts, of the strategic and political background to the conflict, and as an aid to understanding the global scope, scale and conduct of the war, with all of this presented in a most attractive and easy to read form. In the meantime, many who have studied or already know much about the conflict will find this book an enjoyable read, a book to dip into simply as a pleasant and illuminating experience, and an opportunity to ponder anew some of the defining events and activities so well illustrated by the superb artwork and striking descriptions contained in the accompanying passages of text, which together provide a refreshingly new perspective on this defining event in world history. (David Stone (Author of Cold War Warriors (1998), ?First Reich? (2002), Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004), War Summits (2005), Fighting for the Fatherland (2006), World War II Chronicle (co-author and consultant) (2007), Hitler?s Army 1939-1945 (2009), Twilight of the Gods (2011), The Kaiser?s Army 1914-1918 (2015) and various articles on aspects of military history))With an emphasis on showing the humanity of soldiers and the emotions of war, this illustrated overview is designed especially for those with little previous knowledge of the Great War, including general readers and students in high school and up. On every page, the book offers the author?s original sepia/color drawings, based on war photographs, of people, equipment, and battlefields, as well as maps, diagrams, and timelines. Brief background and statistics are presented to give the images context, along with quotes from leaders and ordinary soldiers from primary sources and from literature of the period. Material is presented chronologically, from the forces that led to war through the reasons why the war ended and its aftermath. Author Steven Patricia is a historical illustrator. (Protoview) Read more About the Author Steven Patricia is an artist, architect and historian with 30 years of experience as a historical illustrator. His background in fine arts combines the creativity of artistic representation with an accurate and rigorous portrayal of real places, objects, people and events. His clients have included the National Park Service, The National Geographic Society, The Art Institute of Chicago, Scientific American and a number of publishers. He has his studio on an historic farm in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their several dogs, cats and horses. Read more