By blending military history, personal testimonies and an account of his own ride along the route, Richard Holmes provides a unique glimpse into the summer the old world ended.
The retreat of the British Expeditionary Force from Mons in the early months of the First World War is one of the great dramas of European history. Here, Richard Holmes blends his recreation of the military campaign, contemporary testimony and an account of his own ride along the route of the retreat from Mons to the Marne where the German advance was stopped.
"The author tells two stories in parallel: that of his own journey and a first-rate account of what happened eighty years before" -- Max Egremont * Evening Standard * "A book that amuses yet haunts, brisk at one moment, melancholy the next... an effortless blend of past and present" -- Michael Sheridan * Independent on Sunday * "Succeeds admirably in both parts: the travelogue weaves in and out, giving welcome relief from the sweat and fear, the sleeplessness, the fearful wounds and the killing... Masterly" * Daily Telegraph *