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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Hochschild Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452671314
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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? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard.”

    New York Times

  • [Hochschild] has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story [of World War I], and explores it in provocative ways.”

    Washington Post

  • "[Hochschild] has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war’s opponents (largely English) prominent place.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Listeners are treated to Morey’s passionate reading…keep[ing] things lively, especially when leavening in personal narratives and surprising expressions of humanity during the war…Informative and entertaining, this is a palatable version of monumental events that continue to animate the course of our world.”

    Booklist audio review

  • “An ambitious narrative that presents a teeming worldview through intimate, human portraits.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob Russell | 2/19/2014

    " Well written and interesting in that it follows interesting personal storylines before, through and after the war. The only downside was that I was looking for more firsthand accounts 'from the trenches' if you will, and this book isn't focused on that. A problem of expectation more than writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/10/2014

    " Very well-written summary of the "second war" in England during World War I, the battle in England between anti-war and pro-war factions. Some great personal stories and families that I wasn't too familiar with and a nice supplemental book that could be added to any WW I library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/1/2014

    " You just need to know about WWI, and this is a great place to begin. Simply written, yet intelligent and approachable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/1/2014

    " Different perspective of the war from Britain's viewpoint and the anti-war movement during the period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Beckstead | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting read. The author is a socialist, which I don't subscribe to, however I think he had some good points. Namely that WW1 was started for not very good reasons, didn't finish properly leading to WW2 just 20 years later, and spent a lot of lives that were unnecessary. Especially when you have inept leaders who, even in 1917 were ordering soldiers to rise up out of their trenches and charge across no mans land only to get mowed down by machine guns. I've always been curious to know why it seems a person has to be a socialist to say, "you know, I don't think this war is a very good idea." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Harris | 1/25/2014

    " A unique perspective on WWI from the British effort and the barbaric and feudal approach taken in the execution of the war effort. It really exposes the arrogance of the English military and civilian leadership at the time. The war itself was a colossal waste of human life on all sides. A subtext deals with domestic unrest based on rising worker solidarity and the burgeoning suffragette movement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Patterson | 1/14/2014

    " A tour-de-force that makes you feel you are meeting the people about to enter hell personally. I especially like the focus on the anti-war leaders. It shows us that 'baseless war' has a much longer history, always entwined with greed and power. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/8/2013

    " This is the second book I've read by this author. He has a way of making even the most random detail intriguing and great at weaving seeminglingly unrelated events and people in history. I look forward to reading his other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linny | 12/6/2013

    " His focus on characters makes the story, a horrible time made real through voices; the Pankhursts, Haig, pacifists, war chiefs, Bertrand Russell, Kipling, Kaiser. Readable and fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/10/2013

    " Wonderful book. Too little has been written on The First World War compared to WWII. Anyone wanting a better understanding of the Second World War needs to first read this book which helps understand European History and what set the stage for the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Clough | 5/22/2013

    " An important book about the anti-war movement during the first World War. This subject is not often written about, but it casts a long shadow into the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Bull | 7/8/2012

    " Fascinating read about WWI. Learned a ton. Also highly recommend King Leopold's Ghost by Hochschild. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Dean | 7/8/2012

    " Good book in examining the time period and additional dimensions to the war other than battles and strategy; however, I found it somewhat disjointed because it moved from character to character in between tremendous battles and turning points in the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 4/26/2012

    " A wonderful vivid description of WWI told through the point of view of *mostly* incompetent military leaders "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aramis | 1/28/2012

    " I'm sure I'll be reading this one again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Anderson | 1/25/2012

    " A fine history of the war, with particular emphasis on the opposition to it. Many interesting portraits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/20/2012

    " Very well written book about World War I viewed from the British standpoint. The folly of WWI seems so clear from this vantage point of time but I wonder what we would have done differently if we could go back in time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mal Clough | 7/25/2011

    " having read dozens of books about ww1, I found this one unique in that it weaves real lives into the narrative. starting with victoria's jubilee in 1897, it traces key personalities who had influence on the outcome the war both positive and negative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mal | 6/22/2011

    " having read dozens of books about ww1, I found this one unique in that it weaves real lives into the narrative. starting with victoria's jubilee in 1897, it traces key personalities who had influence on the outcome the war both positive and negative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meldrid1 | 6/19/2011

    " Hochschild reaches his own very high standard. It is an excellent and moving account of World War I, made painfully accessible through the chronicled experience of mostly British warriors and anti-war protestors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 6/19/2011

    " Great book! An excellent supplement to Tuchman's classics "The proud tower" and "Guns of august". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/15/2011

    " Very interesting social history of the period "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 6/7/2011

    " Good book in examining the time period and additional dimensions to the war other than battles and strategy; however, I found it somewhat disjointed because it moved from character to character in between tremendous battles and turning points in the war. "

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About the Author
Author Adam HochschildAdam Hochschild is an award-winning author of six books, mostly on subjects related to human rights. King Leopold's Ghost was the winner of the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize and Bury the Chains was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkele
About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.