The Great War 100: The First World War In Infographics by Scott Addington (History Press 2014, ISBN 9780752486390, hardbound, £25.00)
Scott Addington is a very active Twitter user and has produced a number of good WW1 and WW2 digital books. This new publication takes his work to a whole new level. He presents the conflict that was the Great War in a very fresh but appealing way by using infographics to retell the story. What are infographics? These are akin to slide images with text which using clever illustration they help explain a point, fact or part of the history of the war. This is a novel approach to WW1 history but all part of Addington’s ‘history for the ordinary person’ approach, which is to be applauded.
This is a really handsome and well produced book with facts on subjects like battles, medals, and weapons, as well as the human cost of the war. Ideal for younger students of the conflict, it also appealed greatly to this old campaigner too! I really enjoyed looking through the wonderful illustrations and seeing what subjects were covered. The facts are clear and well presented and there is a high level of accuracy; although I have to confess I noticed the image for the Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) actuality shows a No4 of WW2 vintage and one of the field guns used looked more like an American 105mm than a Big Bertha. Despite this it is highly recommended and I hope the author will consider a similar volume on the Second World War. It is certainly a book any Great War enthusiast will have much pleasure in owning.
The book can be purchased from the publisher History Press.