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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Weintraub Narrator: Edward Holland Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer.

Throughout his narrative, Stanley Weintraub uses the stories of the men who were there, as well as their letters and diaries, to illuminate the fragile truce and bring to life this extraordinary moment in time. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is an emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Weintraub wonders at the close of this inspired study, would have happened if the soldiers on both sides had refused to take up arms again? His counterfactual scenarios are intriguing, and well worth pondering.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jake | 2/15/2014

    " I read a bit of this every so often when I need a pick me up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/18/2014

    " Read several years ago & just listened on tape because I had it & needed something for a long drive. Fun light read with Christmas theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Will | 1/18/2014

    " This nice story is well-known (possibly thanks to Paul McCartney???)and a bit overdone. It had no significant impact on the war, therefore this book has little to really talk about that is not conveyed equally well in the music video. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eminstitches | 1/15/2014

    " This was a bit of a challenging read, would have been better if I was better at skimming I think. Lots of use of german words and phrases with no translation (and I don't know any German), also at times seemed a little like train of thought and not always well organized writing. I figured out the style as I started getting further in the book, but it was still challenging to follow. It was interesting overall and the best chapter by far was the "What If?" chapter...lots of food for thought. "

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