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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
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Sep 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, normal-literature, authoritarianism, 1910s, 2010s

The first school book in a looong time which was a very enjoyable read. Its not a "real" history book, which seems to be the source of most of the criticism (get over it). Its a well written narrative about world war 1 from the British perspective, with the author's interpretation dominating the book. Its also written WAY better than most "real" history books. The book progresses throughout the entire length of the war returning to key figures, like General's Haig and French, Bertrand Russel, the Pankhurst women and other suffragettes, Rudyard Kipling etc. It uses the stories of these figures to punctuate writing about specific topic areas like the labor struggle in Britain, the lives of the men on the front, the "grand strategy", the technological changes, etc. It held my attention the entire way through.

And tomorrow I need to lead a class discussion on the last 2 sections of it. FFFFFFF school ruins everything.

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