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To end all wars : a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914-1918 / Adam Hochschild.

By: Hochschild, Adam.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011Description: xx, 448 p., [16] p. of plates : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780618758289; 0618758283.Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain | Soldiers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Conscientious objectors -- Great Britain -- Biography | Loyalty -- Case studies | World War, 1914-1918 -- Psychological aspects | World War, 1914-1918 -- Moral and ethical aspects | Militarism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Pacifism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 940.3/41
Contents:
clash of dreams -- Dramatis personae. Brother and sister -- A man of no illusions -- A clergyman's daughter -- Holy warriors -- Boy miner -- On the eve -- 1914. A strange light -- As swimmers into cleanness leaping -- The God of Right will watch the fight -- 1915. This isn't war -- In the thick of it -- Not this tide -- 1916. We regret nothing -- God, God, where's the rest of the boys? -- Casting away arms -- 1917. Between the lion's jaws -- The world is my country -- Drowning on land -- Please don't die -- 1918. Backs to the wall -- There are more dead than living now -- Exeunt omnes. The devil's own hand -- An imaginary cemetery.
Summary: World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In his riveting narrative, Hochschild brings it to life as never before while focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [411]-426) and index.

Introduction : clash of dreams -- pt. I: Dramatis personae. 1. Brother and sister -- 2. A man of no illusions -- 3. A clergyman's daughter -- 4. Holy warriors -- 5. Boy miner -- 6. On the eve -- pt. II: 1914. 7. A strange light -- 8. As swimmers into cleanness leaping -- 9. The God of Right will watch the fight -- pt. III: 1915. 10. This isn't war -- 11. In the thick of it -- 12. Not this tide -- pt. IV: 1916. 13. We regret nothing -- 14. God, God, where's the rest of the boys? -- 15. Casting away arms -- pt. V: 1917. 16. Between the lion's jaws -- 17. The world is my country -- 18. Drowning on land -- 19. Please don't die -- pt. VI: 1918. 20. Backs to the wall -- 21. There are more dead than living now -- pt. VII: Exeunt omnes. 22. The devil's own hand -- 23. An imaginary cemetery.

World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In his riveting narrative, Hochschild brings it to life as never before while focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes.

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Library Journal Review

At the end of this book, Hochshild (narrative writing, Graduate Sch. of Journalism, Univ. of California, Berkeley; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa) writes that if only one event of the 20th century could be "undone," it should be World War I; many readers will agree with this statement. Covering almost exclusively the British perspective, he here tells the story of World War I through the eyes of its most prominent supporters and detractors. Hochschild's own sympathies lie with the conscientious objectors, socialists, and pacifists who opposed the war but were drowned out by the general public, politicians, and generals. The author is at his best when he describes horrible ironies of the war, such as a Swiss-arranged trade of essential war materials between Great Britain and Germany so the governments could more efficiently send their own soldiers to be slaughtered. VERDICT This book shares a similar thesis with David Stevenson's Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy and will be appreciated by anyone interested in the history of World War I or the stories of war dissenters.-Michael Farrell, Reformed Theological Seminary Lib., Oviedo, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa and worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964. He began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Then he worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer, at Ramparts and Mother Jones, which he co-founded. He has also written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. <p> His first book, Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. His other books include The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves; and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. He teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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