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A Powerful History Lesson

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars-the Great War. Millions gave the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives, and World War I is still to this day not entirely understood by historians. The violence and widespread carnage of those years simply cannot be underst...
It was supposed to be the war to end all wars-the Great War. Millions gave the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives, and World War I is still to this day not entirely understood by historians. The violence and widespread carnage of those years simply cannot be understood by any rational means. It becomes necessary to look at the very real human elements, to delve into the hearts and minds of those that stood their ground in support of their own ideals and fought for that in which they so fervently believed, whether based in principles of peace or war, in order to comprehend the true nature of the period. There is a great deal of relevance here. The grand tension of this period is represented best by those who struggled most as either loyal proponents of military action or opponents of the first great global conflict. Adam Hochschild's latest work, To End All Wars, serves as an exploration not of the gruesome battles scenes and bloody victories of this war but of the soldiers and pacifists, the commanders and rebels who fought long and hard, sometimes to the point of their deaths, in order to maintain their own personal struggles in the hopes of prevailing. Both sides were pitted against impressive odds: families were torn apart by the disparate beliefs of their members, and citizens were arrested and imprisoned for their dissent. What reasons are there? What ideas and values were driving these people? To End All Wars is an intimate, captivating investigation into the people behind the action of World War I. Hochschild is a well-known and accomplished author who has contributed works to some of the world's most read publications. History is his specialty, and this is history at its finest. Journey beyond the textbook account to the very real struggle of those that fought in order to end all wars. To End All Wars is bound to be appreciated by non-fiction readers who delight in reading about the world of the past. Of course, those who have an obsession with the World War I era should consider this an absolute must-read. And fans of Hochschild's previous books already know to expect great things from this release.

posted by ReadersEntertainment on May 4, 2011

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3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Another Rewriting of History

While To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 is well written and follows historical facts, it is a perfect example of the way leftist idealists try to put their stamp on history by rewriting it. The book follows the life of a dozen or so British so...
While To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 is well written and follows historical facts, it is a perfect example of the way leftist idealists try to put their stamp on history by rewriting it. The book follows the life of a dozen or so British socialist, leftists, and communists from the 1890s thru the end of World War I. They decry the lost of freedoms in the wartime economy as well as the loss of life in the war. They draw their conclusion at the end by say peace at any cost is better than standing up for one’s national beliefs. They concluded that it would have been better if Great Britain had not entered the war and let Germany take over all of Europe than suffer the massive losses of the war, the Russian Revolution, and consequently World War II.

posted by jrg49 on February 14, 2012

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