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Download Stridens skOnhet och sorg: fOrsta varldskriget i 212 korta kapitel: (Of Strife, Beauty, and Sadness: The First World War in 212 Short Chapters) Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Stridens skOnhet och sorg: fOrsta varldskriget i 212 korta kapitel: (Of Strife, Beauty, and Sadness: The First World War in 212 Short Chapters) (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Peter Englund
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Englund Narrator: Harald Leander Publisher: StorySide AB Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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I Stridens skönhet och sorg får läsaren följa nitton verkliga men nu okända människor, bland annat en australisk kvinna som körde lastbil åt serbiska armén, en italiensk soldat som hamnade på mentalsjukhus, en fransk ämbetsman som aldrig såg fronten, en tysk skolflicka som växte upp med kriget vid gränsen mot öster och en ungersk kavallerist. Dessa människor upplevde kriget på olika platser och på olika vis, men de förenas av att de alla befann sig långt ned i hierarkierna och att de alla fick sina liv ändrade. Boken bygger på material som de har lämnat efter sig: brev, dagböcker, memoarer.

Vart och att av de korta kapitlen utgår ifrån vad en av dessa enskilda människor såg, tänkte eller gjorde en enskild dag, med början i augusti 1914 och slut i november 1918. Detta är inte en bok om första världskrigets strategiska spel utan om kriget som upplevelse och vardag, som berusning och mardröm, som löfte och lögn och som en allt nedbrytande, förändrande kraft. Det är historia, men historia på ett nytt sätt, historia av ett slag du aldrig läst förut.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/12/2014

    " very disjointed - a few pages for each person, and the author tracked the stories of over 20 people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 1/3/2014

    " This book was really amazing. It did a fantastic job of humanizing WWI in a way that I have never experienced. This was truly an amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/31/2013

    " Based entirely on diaries and letters, this book tells the story of ordinary people's lives during the First World War. The author selects a good group of storytellers, representing all of the main military fronts and combatant nations. The book is ordered chronologically, so the reader sees how the subjects' views change over time. Very well done, and a good companion to more academic histories of the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 12/29/2013

    " This is the first book I read in 2013 and I was completely swept away by it. It reads like a novel with multiple narrative threads from a variety of perspectives. The descriptions of battle and the tedium of war are equally gripping. I'm tempted to say the book is flawless although there are a few viewpoints missing. This is an author with whom I'd most like to sit down and have a drink and conversation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Zuchowski | 12/27/2013

    " This was a page-turner of a history book. It follows a number on individuals and their experiences in World War I. In the process, one sees the war on a very personal level rather than on the more traditional impersonal view of politics, strategy, and tactics. It also covers many locations, not just the Western Front. This book will appeal to the regular reader of history and is highly recommended to the reader who would like to learn a bit about WWI but is hesitant to tackle a history book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Maine | 12/13/2013

    " Astonishing book. Epic in scope, but incredibly personal, made up as it is of personal histories and correspondence of individual men and women who were involved in WWI. Read it if you have any interest at all in how we came to be where we are, as a species, today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lghamilton | 12/9/2013

    " This was an awesome book. The author chronicled 20 participants in WW One through their journal entries. The people included soldiers, both high rank and low, as well as civilians, surgeons, nurses and ambulance drivers, and the theaters ranged from the trenches to submarines to Turkey and Africa. The journal entries were chronological, and Englund describes the events and troop movements that are relevant to the entry and the participant; the result is a very readable account of the war from this wide range of participants. More than one describe the excitement and adventure of going off to war, then the realization that it has become a slaughter with an energy and momentum that is unstoppable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Cropf | 12/3/2013

    " interesting book about the personal lives of participants in the Great War. covers theaters of the war not typically covered by other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hayes | 11/26/2013

    " Not sure if I'll make it thru on the "New Book" checkout time frame, but this is a really interesting account of the war. Ordinary people from various walks of life in various countries involved in the war telling their stories in letters, diaries, etc with well-written text around them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 11/19/2013

    " I liked reading about WWI this way--that is, following the writings of real people who lived through the period with supporting factual and explanatory information provided by the author throughout as needed to expand or explain the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Archerjoe | 11/18/2013

    " I was pulled into every page of this book. Fascinating insights into everyday life during the Great War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2013

    " A well-written and compelling narrative based on the diaries, memoirs and letters of two dozen ordinary people engaged in the first World War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glucose Johnny | 10/28/2013

    " A wonderful book on the First World War. I loved it. The title is spot on: the book is one of beauty and sorrow. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/21/2013

    " The book showed how war changes people's lives. Not only soldiers, but also nurses, schoolgirls, peasants and arictocrats. Stories show different people with different attitudes, social statuses and background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 6/18/2013

    " I loved it from beginning to end. I aspire to write this kind of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 5/29/2013

    " Only made it a quarter of the way through. Beautifully written but very confusing unless you really know your history and place names. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Mancino | 4/13/2013

    " Excellent book that gives a lot of insight into different people involved in the First World War. This should be read along with The Great War and Modern Memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis | 12/19/2012

    " Well...I think I would have structured this one differently. I appreciated the stories of the people on the ground; however, it could have used more context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mic | 11/28/2012

    " I'm not lying when I say that this is a masterpiece of narrative history, description! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kilotangobravo | 11/14/2012

    " This is one of the best books I've read this year. Although it covers the scope of WWI, this book also manages to convey the human experience of war, making it touching, frustrating, and heartbreaking. Just a fantastic book! "

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