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Famous: 1914-1918

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'Famous' tells the Great War stories of twenty of Britain's most respected, best known and even notorious celebrities. They include politicians, actors, writers, an explorer, a sculptor and even a murderer. The generation that grew up in the late 19th Century enlisted enthusiastically in the defense of the country. Many would become household names such as Basil Rathbone, ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by Pen & Sword Military (first published November 1st 2008)
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Oct 02, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
The introduction very much set the scene posing the question what would the world be like if there had not been so many deaths. It then goes on to give details of the war time experiences experiences of those who became famous. It is a wonder they were able to live almost normal lives but were much affected by what they experienced. The biggest impact was usually loosing close friends and seeing the dreadful carnage of men and animals. It gave an insight of how people can cope and survive.

P Smit
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Jun 30, 2016 Milly Wonford rated it liked it
I took this off the shelf because I was intrigued to find out how my favourite author, Tolkien, fought in the Great War - not previously knowing that he had. To know that perhaps some of his writing in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can be 'based' on his experiences makes it all the more poignant for me and I urge others to read all of his works, including his essays, as they are not just about a fantastical world.

I was also interested to read about C.S. Lewis' involvement in the Great War -
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