Sunday, March 1, 2009

Newish Book

Gallipoli and the Middle East 1914-1918 (The History of World War I)





Gallipoli and the Middle East 1914-1918 (The History of World War I)

Edward J. Erickson

I just got this book the other day (here at work). It's a general history of the various Ottoman theaters (Gallipoli, Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Hejaz) by one of the experts in the field. I have read his Ottoman Army Effectiveness and seen him interviewed in the Blood and Oil film and given those examples I think this would be a good jumping off point for those new to this "front". The book has a lot of emphasis on Gallipoli but seems to cover the other fronts very well and the photos are great and very useful. Now, I haven't read it yet but it seems worth picking up. Only available in Britain, it seems, from Amber Press, I found it listed on Amazon UK. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gallipoli-Middle-1914-1918-History-World/dp/1906626049/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235945663&sr=8-4

3 comments:

Tank Girl said...

Thanks Scott,

The price looks okay, but I wonder how much is new information that is not covered by Erickson already?

Thanks again for the news,

Helen

Scott Pasha said...

Helen,
For you, or me, probably not much new. I post it mostly for those who occasionally visit this Blog who are just starting out with this stuff. Also it may be interesting to read a general history written by someone with such a good understanding of the Ottoman military.I'll let you know when I read it (since I actually know very little about Gallipoli.)
SP

James said...

I have the book you show as well as 3 companions from the series. I have only flipped through a few pages. I hope to get a general overview of the operations in the Middle East so this may be a good starter book.