To Hell and Back: Europe, by Ian Kershaw – review | Books | The GuardianTransport land. Murphy, Audie PermaBooks Edition pages. Once in combat Murphy quickly regrets the decision, but resolves to follow through on his commitment. Through experience Murphy becomes very adept at combat. But the detailed descriptions make it very clear that skill and combat training are second to sheer luck when it comes to survival.
Look Inside. Nov 15, ISBN Nov 17, ISBN The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from to , was unprecedented in human history—an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the Penguin History of Europe series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era.
Yesterday I reviewed the movie. The book is an autobiography depicting his time in the war. While in France, Murphy received permission to visit the battle sites. The two men retraced 1, miles of battlefield as Murphy related details of the events to McClure. Years ago I had a paperback of the original. The second shell is different.
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There are good reasons for this. At one key juncture after another, its leaders and mobilised people created conditions, and ultimately catastrophes, to which other leaders and peoples could only — usually belatedly and ineffectively — react. It makes sense to focus a history of Europe in this era on the problem of Germany. But how to tell that story? After all we know how it all ends; the smouldering ashes of are visible from the start.