To End All Wars

To End All Wars

A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

Book - 2011
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World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In his riveting narrative, Hochschild brings it to life as never before while focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780618758289
0618758283
Branch Call Number: 940.341 Ho
Characteristics: xx, 448 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : maps ; 24 cm

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IV27HUjg
May 25, 2015

This book is so excellent. If you can't get through the print & details try the spoken word form, the reader is excellent. This would do well as required reading for all young people.

RickUWS Jan 22, 2013

Some of the details are shattering, like that Douglas Haig and other commanders were reduced to bragging about the quantity of their casualties because there was otherwise nothing (shades of the "body count" in Viet Nam). Thanks to the author for digging out the stories of objectors and pacifists and relating them to the labor movement. Bertrand Russell comes off smelling pretty sweet, for sure; what a guy! I could have done with less Pankhurts (not 'fewer') but overall I highly recommend this compelling read, masterfully edited by Tom Engelhart.

KEVIN DOWD Feb 27, 2012

facsinating read. easy. details of a different sort.

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Lukeinvancouver
May 13, 2011

Incidentally there is a very interesting book review of To End All Wars in today's NYT written by Christopher Hitchens. (You might have to cpy/paste the url)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/books/review/book-review-to-end-all-wars-by-adam-hochschild.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema1

debwalker May 03, 2011

"You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees." Those were the words of Kaiser Wilhelm II in August 1914, as he watched German troops heading off to fight in World War I.

Many never made it home.

"It was a long, bloody stalemate that went on really for four-and-a-half years," author Adam Hochschild tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

Hochschild's new book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, tells the story of World War I not as a struggle between the Allies and the Central Powers but as a struggle between individuals, even between family members."
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