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The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman
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Jan 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: teenbooks, non-fiction

I can’t get this book out of my mind. Freedman is masterful at evoking all the emotions of war, from the patriotic fervor at the beginning to the shell shocked disillusionment at the end. He combines memorable images of WWI with anecdotes and accounts from soldiers and a balanced and highly readable historical narrative. I particularly loved the voices of the soldiers that added such an immediate dimension to Freedman’s narrative. The story that he includes about the Russian and German ambassadors tearfully delivering their country’s war ultimatums was very powerful. I also was impressed at how Freedman emphasized how this conflict was so inevitable, even though no one wanted or desired it. So often that is the way of war. No one wants it, but no one seems to know how to stop it.

This is an important book about this most terrible of wars that has receded into dusty, dry history for so many students.

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