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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off like no one else . . . Hochschild is a master at chronicling how prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how it's challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPRs Fresh Air

World War I was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” Over four long years, nations around the globe were sucked into the tempest, and millions of men died on the battlefields. To this day, the war stands as one of historys most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the wars critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Many of these dissenters were thrown in jail for their opposition to the war, from a future Nobel Prize winner to an editor behind bars who distributed a clandestine newspaper on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britains most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.

As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations get so swept up in the violence? Why couldnt cooler heads prevail? And can we ever avoid repeating history?

"Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story and explores it in provocative ways . . . Exemplary in all respects." — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"Superb . . . Brilliantly written and reads like a novel . . . [Hochschild] gives us yet another absorbing chronicle of the redeeming power of protest." — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Synopsis:

In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before, focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of its critics, alongside its generals and heroes. A brilliant new history of the Great War that raises the eternal question of why such a terrible war was ever fought.

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Although some twenty million people died during Stalins reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin.

Synopsis:

World War I stands as one of historyand#8217;s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the warand#8217;s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britainand#8217;s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britainand#8217;s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.and#160;

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the and#8220;war to end all wars.and#8221; Can we ever avoid repeating history?

About the Author

ADAM HOCHSCHILDandnbsp;has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines. In King Leopoldand#8217;s Ghost, Bury the Chains, and other books, Hochschild has earned a reputation as a master of suspense and vivid character portrayal. His skill at evoking such struggles for justice has made him a finalist for the National Book Award and won him a host of other prizes.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Maps ix

Introduction: Clash of Dreams xi

Part I Dramatis Personae

and#160;1. Brother and Sister 3

and#160;2. A Man of No Illusions 16

and#160;3. A Clergymanand#8217;s Daughter 27

and#160;4. Holy Warriors 40

and#160;5. Boy Miner 54

and#160;6. On the Eve 65

Part II 1914

and#160;7. A Strange Light 79

and#160;8. As Swimmers into Cleanness Leaping 98

and#160;9. The God of Right Will Watch the Fight 114

Part III 1915

and#160;10. This Isnand#8217;t War 135

and#160;11. In the Thick of It 147

and#160;12. Not This Tide 160

Part IV 1916

and#160;13. We Regret Nothing 177

and#160;14. God, God, Whereand#8217;s the Rest of the Boys? 200

and#160;15. Casting Away Arms 215

Part V 1917

and#160;16. Between the Lionand#8217;s Jaws 241

and#160;17. The World Is My Country 257

and#160;18. Drowning on Land 275

and#160;19. Please Donand#8217;t Die 289

Part VI 1918

and#160;20. Backs to the Wall 309

and#160;21. There Are More Dead Than Living Now 329

Part VII Exeunt Omnes

and#160;22. The Deviland#8217;s Own Hand 347

and#160;23. An Imaginary Cemetery 360

Source Notes 379

Bibliography 411

Acknowledgments 423

Index 427

About the Author 449

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Phoebe, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Phoebe)
I had always believed that World War I shouldn't have happened. This book bears that belief out. It also enumerates the numerous ways all sides used and misused technology and opportunity. Most of all, it paints a clear picture of the horror of trench warfare. It also shows that numerous people knew the Versailles Treaty was bad - as one put it, 'A peace to end peace.'
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SandyPP, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
I thought I knew a lot about World War I but this engrossing book disabused me of that notion. Looking at the war from a British point of view, Hochschild focuses on families with both war supporters and non-supporters, e.g. the suffragist Pankhursts, and also the abuse of the conscientious objectors. The way new technology impacted the fighting was also fascinating; the tank and machine gun were new, yet the generals were still basing their strategies on hand-to-hand combat. Highly recommended.
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nootkagirl, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by nootkagirl)
The story of WW1 is my obsession and I can't seem to get enough of the story of the massacre of a generation of young men across Europe. The devastating statistics of the war are breathtaking but this book does a thoughtful job of connecting real stories of conflicts within families of historical figures in the suffragette struggle and others containing both pacifists and generals forging ahead with the war machine. This book goes beyond the statistics of the destruction leaving you with the heartbreak from a conflict that appeared inevitable but did not have to happen. It reminds us how that continues to be repeated in war today where the people who think the wars don't fight them. Adam Hochschild writes beautifully and I was led to read his memoir "Half the Way Home" which is a terrific read also.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547750316
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp b/w insert, 7 maps
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by ,

In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before, focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of its critics, alongside its generals and heroes. A brilliant new history of the Great War that raises the eternal question of why such a terrible war was ever fought.

"Synopsis" by ,
Although some twenty million people died during Stalins reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin.
"Synopsis" by , World War I stands as one of historyand#8217;s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the warand#8217;s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britainand#8217;s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britainand#8217;s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.and#160;

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the and#8220;war to end all wars.and#8221; Can we ever avoid repeating history?

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