Simon & Schuster, 1st ed., 2013. Xxiv + 519 pp., cold., + b&w photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Nr.FINE. This book assesses the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. It also shows how events in that turbulent century ' particularly World War II, the Cold War and the collapse of communism ' shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914 ' 1918. Some of the legacies proved transformative in a positive sense for Britain and this becomes clear by setting the British experience against that of France, Germany, Russia and other Continental countries, instead of treating Britain in isolation. By exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, as well as art and poetry, and by highlighting the differing impacts of the War on Britain, Ireland and the United States, this book illuminates the whole of the last century and explains why 1914 ' 1918 is a conflict that Britain, is still struggling to comprehend.