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The Pity of War

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Publisher Comments:

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.

A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met: a new immigrant, drafted and sent to France, whose life was saved by a horse; a Connecticut Yankee who volunteered and fought in every major American battle; a Cajun artilleryman nearly killed by a German aeroplane; an 18-year-old Bronx girl andldquo;draftedandrdquo; to work for the War Department; a machine-gunner from Montana; a Marine wounded at Belleau Wood; the 16-year-old who became Americaandrsquo;s last WWI veteran; and many, many more.

They were the final survivors of the millions who made up the American Expeditionary Forces, nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century. Self-reliant, humble, and stoic, they kept their stories to themselves for a lifetime, then shared them at the last possible moment, so that they, and the World War they won andndash; the trauma that created our modern world andndash; might at last be remembered. You will never forget them. The Last of the Doughboys is more than simply a war story: It is a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.

Synopsis:

A landmark work of history. An explosive and argumentative new book that rewrites our most basic assumptions about the causes and consequences of the First World War.

Synopsis:

For the past decade, Richard Rubin sought every last living American veteran of World War Iand#8212;and uncovered a forgotten great generation, and their war.

Synopsis:

In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely Englands fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on naïve assumptions of German aims—and Englands entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.That the war was wicked, horrific, inhuman,is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. More British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War; indeed, the total British fatalities in that single battle—some 420,000—exceeds the entire American fatalities for both World Wars. And yet, as Ferguson writes, while the war itself was a disastrous folly, the great majority of men who fought it did so with enthusiasm. Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period, not through dry citation of chronological chapter and verse but through a series of brilliant chapters focusing on key ways in which we now view the First World War.For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them, and why the world is as it is today, there is no sharper nor more stimulating guide than Niall Fergusons The Pity of War.

Synopsis:

In this landmark work of history, Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period and makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. 34 illustrations.

About the Author

Niall Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschilds, and The Pity of War ). He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and lives in Oxford.

Table of Contents

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Prologue: No Manand#8217;s Landand#8195;ix

and#160;and#160;and#160;1.and#160;and#160;and#160;Wolves on the Battlefieldand#8195;1

and#160;and#160;and#160;2.and#160;and#160;and#160;Over the Topand#8195;15

and#160;and#160;and#160;3.and#160;and#160;and#160;The American Sectorand#8195;35

and#160;and#160;and#160;4.and#160;and#160;and#160;Cheer and Laughter and Joyous Shoutand#8195;72

and#160;and#160;and#160;5.and#160;and#160;and#160;The People Behind the Battleand#8195;94

and#160;and#160;and#160;6.and#160;and#160;and#160;The Forgotten Generationand#8195;111

and#160;and#160;and#160;7.and#160;and#160;and#160;Give a Little Credit to the Navyand#8195;123

and#160;and#160;and#160;8.and#160;and#160;and#160;A Vast Enterprise in Salesmanshipand#8195;142

and#160;and#160;and#160;9.and#160;and#160;and#160;Hell, We Just Got Hereand#8195;165

and#160;and#160;and#160;10.and#160;and#160;and#160;We Didnand#8217;t See a Thingand#8195;188

and#160;and#160;and#160;11.and#160;and#160;and#160;Loyal, True, Straight and Squareand#8195;216

and#160;and#160;and#160;12.and#160;and#160;and#160;Old Dixieland in Franceand#8195;243

and#160;and#160;and#160;13.and#160;and#160;and#160;Land#8217;Ossuaireand#8195;285

and#160;and#160;and#160;14.and#160;and#160;and#160;A Wicked Gun, That Machine Gunand#8195;312

and#160;and#160;and#160;15.and#160;and#160;and#160;Wasnand#8217;t a Lot of Helpand#8195;346

and#160;and#160;and#160;16.and#160;and#160;and#160;The Last Night of the Warand#8195;389

and#160;and#160;and#160;17.and#160;and#160;and#160;The Last of the Lastand#8195;424

and#160;and#160;and#160;18.and#160;and#160;and#160;We Are All Missing You Very Muchand#8195;465

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Acknowledgmentsand#8195;477

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Bibliographyand#8195;479

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Indexand#8195;481

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465057122
Author:
Ferguson, Niall
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Rubin, Richard
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Causes
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Great Britain History 20th century.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
53 photos for one 16-pg bw insert; 7 map
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.72 lb

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Product details 528 pages Basic Books - English 9780465057122 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A landmark work of history. An explosive and argumentative new book that rewrites our most basic assumptions about the causes and consequences of the First World War.
"Synopsis" by , For the past decade, Richard Rubin sought every last living American veteran of World War Iand#8212;and uncovered a forgotten great generation, and their war.
"Synopsis" by ,
In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely Englands fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on naïve assumptions of German aims—and Englands entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.That the war was wicked, horrific, inhuman,is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. More British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War; indeed, the total British fatalities in that single battle—some 420,000—exceeds the entire American fatalities for both World Wars. And yet, as Ferguson writes, while the war itself was a disastrous folly, the great majority of men who fought it did so with enthusiasm. Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period, not through dry citation of chronological chapter and verse but through a series of brilliant chapters focusing on key ways in which we now view the First World War.For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them, and why the world is as it is today, there is no sharper nor more stimulating guide than Niall Fergusons The Pity of War.
"Synopsis" by , In this landmark work of history, Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period and makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. 34 illustrations.
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