Friday, February 13, 2009

The Coming Of the War of 1914 - Winner, Non-Fiction, 1931

The Coming of the War of 1914
By: Bernadotte E. Schmitt
Scribner, 1930

I really don't have much to say about this book. I have mentioned before that I really struggle with the books that concern the history of warfare. I don't mind learning about what regular people did during the war, but you've lost me as soon as you start talking about battle tactics or political events leading to war - especially a world war that involves many different political entities. Bernadotte Schmitt is clearly an expert on the events that led up to World War I and he spends two volumes discussing those events (and placing the blame on Germany). Not a single human interest story! It is ALL politics. I would be interested to hear the opinion of a war buff or historian who could tell better than I if he was on point or not. Any of those out there???


Grete said...

I don't know how you get through reading books like that. Or why they win awards, for that matter. SOMEbody must enjoy them! :)

Adrian said...

The daquoise I made is from Joy of Cooking, page 741, but they're so versatile, as long as you make the meringue and cover them in something sweet, anything else goes! Shirley Corriher also has a delcious looking recipe for a Hazelnut daquoise in Bakewise. If you don't have either book, let me know and I'll email you the recipe!

RC said...

One of the funny things about the internet is now that Adrian put her comment in about the recipe, your post will get google searches for "World War I Cooking" and "Meringue Battle Tactics"