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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
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Jul 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history
Recommended for: readers of history andthose who wish to be informed citizens of the world
Read in July, 2011 , read count: 1

This is a war book for those who hate war books. First because there are no long, drawn-out descriptions of battles and troop movements, just minimal descriptions of the military action in a way that is quite understandable. Second, this is a war book about the British homefront and the war protesters and conscientious objectors, about the serious possibility that Germany and Britain were going to experience internal socialist revolutions as did Russia, and about the unprepared generals who criminally mismanaged the fighting.

Without forethought, I happened to watch seasons three and four of the original Upstairs Downstairs which covers the same time period as this book and brings a personal relationship to this story.

I have read The Guns of August, which I highly recommend, and plan to read Keegan's The First World War next, followed by McMillan's Paris 1919.
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