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A War In Words

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Departing radically from traditional histories, A WAR IN WORDS tells the story of the First World War on a compelling, human scale through the letters and diaries of its participants -- whether combatants, eyewitnesses or victims. This was a young person's war and these people record their experiences with all the immediacy and passion of youth. They talk to us directly fr ...more
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Published September 11th 2003 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Peter

This is a good format of historical writing; the war told through the diaries and letters of the men on the ground (or women and children). There is material in this anthology that you don't often find, remarkable stories, as always, but from an enlightened global perspective, where so many other war histories of this kind (The Forgotten Voices Series for example) perpetuate the Good v Evil myths and show a western or worst still an Anglocentric bias.
The main editorial device is juxtaposition; s
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Rosalind Minett
There's a surge of interest in WW1 at the moment. This book is in the form of letters written by those caught up in those awful times. It may not be the easiest read, but it is worthwhile. Normally only one side, one country's perspective is presented. These are letters from individuals from all countries involved in the fight. Some letters are heroic, some resigned, some terrified. Historians should be thrilled at an evidenced first-hand source. Other readers will end the book with a wider unde ...more
Jessica Brockmole

What a great book! This book is a selection from letters and diaries from the First World War. The authors have striven to go beyond the usual British or French epistles and represent all sorts of people involved in the conflict, including not only soldiers, but also seamen, civilians, children, prisoners. To show the global nature of the war, they've included material from French, British, Russian, German, Austrian, Italian, Turkish, Australian, Canadian, American, Serbian, West African, and Po
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Christian
"History is written by those who lived it" someone once said. Never a truer statement were made. The First World War through the eyes of those who lived it. From the civilians to the front line troops. This book tells its story through the diary entries and letters of those that were there. Thoroughly engaging and gripping to the last.
Nick
An excellent insight into the lives of many people affected by the First world War through their diaries. So much is written and talked about the Western Front and we tend to forget or indeed do not know anything about the war and how it was fought in other countries. It was after all a 'World War'.
Anne
Harrowing (one diary ends as the diarist is killed while writing it) but gives some perspectives not often seen - non-Allies, children
Mary
So long ago since I read this. Interesting, but I prefer a mix of personal diaries and history.
Brian Pedersen
If this doesn't succeed in getting you interested in history, there is no hope for you.
YFC
About the lives of soldiers in world war 1
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