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Ill Literacy, Episode XXXII: The Western Front (Guest: Nick Lloyd)

May 24, 2021

In Episode XXXII of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Nick Lloyd, author of “The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Nick Lloyd, reader in Military & Imperial History at King’s College London to discuss his new book, The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918. They discuss all the big engagements and the major commanders, and how, while many think of this theater of war as a static ongoing battle of attrition, it was actually much more complex, full of scientific and tactical innovations. They also chat about why paying attention to this conflict is so important, and why more Americans should do so.

Get the book here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9781631497940

Show Notes:

The Spectator: Jonathan Boff – “The carnage of the Western Front was over surprisingly quickly”

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-carnage-of-the-western-front-was-over-surprisingly-quickly

The Sunday Times: Max Hastings – “The Western Front: A History of the First World War by Nick Lloyd, review”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-western-front-a-history-of-the-first-world-war-by-nick-lloyd-review-xk77xcbxq

The Telegraph: Simon Heffer – “Nick Lloyd’s The Western Front is a magnificent start to a must-read historical trilogy”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/nick-lloyds-western-front-magnificent-start-must-read-historical/

The Times: Lawrence James – “The  Western Front by Nick Lloyd review — the Great War generals were not donkeys”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-western-front-a-history-of-the-first-world-war-by-nick-lloyd-review-the-great-war-generals-were-not-donkeys-v890h0mm0

Times Literary Supplement: Gary Sheffield – “Battle lines drawn”

 https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-western-front-nick-lloyd-review-gary-sheffield/

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @BenceAthwart