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To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
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Mar 30, 2012

really liked it

The Great War (which was not that great for most participants) is covered by the author detailing major events dovetailed with stories of people from all walks of life and their differing viewpoints. I am not convinced the antiwar movement/pacifists were as important as the author wants them to be.
The author at times seems stunned that in the days of Empire ,that those who were jingoistic would be wholeheartedly be behind the war.These are minor criticisms for what on the whole is a pretty good book. It is made pretty plain what dolts the British had in charge of their army. Fools who weren't fighting the last war but thought they were fighting as if in the Napoleonic Wars. Apparently no one had heard of the effects of the Industrial Revolution on war as in the carnage that was the American Civil War.The vestiges of the class system crippled the British Army. Britain was lucky that these dolts in charge normally didn't have a large standing army that they could fritter away.
I digress. Worth a read because of a slightly different viewpoint of the war.
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