In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before, focusing on the long ...Show synopsisIn a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before, focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of its critics, alongside its generals and heroes. A brilliant new history of the Great War that raises the eternal question of why such a terrible war was ever fought.Hide synopsis
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"To End All Wars" by Adam Hochschild is not your typical history of World War I. The title "To End All Wars" was wishful thinking at the time nine decades ago and is still wishful thinking. Have we really learned from history to not repeat the mistakes from the past? The jury is still out on that one. With the centenary of WWI fast approaching, we all need to understand the devastating impact that the Great War had (and is still having) on the entire globe. The brave people in the "trenches", both those who fought the war and those who protested against its increasing futility, should never be forgotten!
This book is a fascinating read, full of overlapping stories of lives big and small and how the war brought people together and tore them apart. It's originality is in the people chosen to illustrate the author's vague historical premise that economic expansion and industrialization brooked little intervention from the lives of those in its path and so violence--beginning w. the Boer War--was the inevitable and tragic result. It's a very thoughtful and entertaining read, but save the remarkable lives of the individuals he has researched and described in such fabulous detail, it read more as a series of human interest stories than a book with a hypothesis and the research to substantiate that. A-
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