Wook Kim
November 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joseph E. Persico
publisher
Random House
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

After 1,561 endless days and a staggering 29.8 million casualties, World War I came to a close on the morning of Nov. 11, 1918. Sifting through letters, dispatches, and other written accounts, Joseph Persico emerges with a compelling look at the final hours of this bloody conflict. (Most shocking is the decision, made by generals on both sides, to engage men in battle even as the cease-fire was minutes away.) While Persico’s narrative in 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour gets bogged down in too many shifts in time and space, the remarkable stories of sacrifice and courage go a long way toward illuminating a war that was supposed to end all wars.

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