To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 3, 2011 - History - 480 pages
World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. 

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

 

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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918

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At the end of this book, Hochshild (narrative writing, Graduate Sch. of Journalism, Univ. of California, Berkeley; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa ... Read full review

TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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From historian Hochschild (Bury the Chains: The First International Human Rights Movement, 2005, etc.), a selective history of the slaughter of innocents in World War I.WWI effected the rupture of ... Read full review

Contents

Part II 1914
77
Part III 1915
134
Part IV 1916
175
Part V 1917
239
Part VI 1918
307
Part VII EXEUNT OMNES
345
Source Notes
379
Bibliography
411
Acknowledgments
423
Index
427
About the Author
449
Photo Credits
450
Back Flap
451
Back Cover
452
Spine
453
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In King Leopold’s Ghost, Bury the Chains, and other books, ADAM HOCHSCHILD has won a reputation as a master of suspense and vivid character portrayal. His skill at evoking such struggles for justice has made him a finalist for the National Book Award and won him a host of other prizes.

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