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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Hochschild Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author Adam Hochschild explores the First World War with a particular focus on the conflict between the critics and the supporters of the war.

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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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Steve | 2/1/2014

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

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