A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare
Diana Preston, New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015. 340 pp. Biblio. Index. Illus. Maps. Notes. Sources. $28.
Reviewed by Dwight Messimer
Those who have read any of Diana Preston’s earlier works will find that her latest book, A Higher Form of Killing, meets the same standards for engaging writing and historical accuracy. Ms. Preston writes in a clear, concise style that is a pleasure to read. This book is well organized and has an excellent index, which many readers will appreciate. It provides a strong argument for the thesis that World War I was the most important war of the 20th century, or put another way was the most important event in the 20th century’s Thirty Years War, 1914–1945.