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

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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 history's 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 Britain'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.

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 couldn't cooler heads prevail? And can we ever avoid repeating history?

Review:

"WWI remains the quintessential war — unequaled in concentrated slaughter, patriotic fervor during the fighting, and bitter disillusion afterward, writes Hochschild. Many opposed it and historians mention this in passing, but Hochschild, winner of an L.A. Times Book Award for Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place. These mostly admirable activists include some veteran social reformers like the formidable Pankhursts, who led violent pro-suffrage demonstrations from 1898 until 1914, and two members of which enthusiastically supported the war while one, Sylvia, opposed it, causing a permanent, bitter split. Sylvia worked with, and was probably the lover of, Keir Hardie, a Scotsman who rose from poverty to found the British Labor party. Except for Bertrand Russell, famous opponents are scarce because most supported the war. Hochschild vividly evokes the jingoism of even such leading men of letters as Kipling, Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and John Galsworthy. By contrast, Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"In this deeply moving history of the so-called Great War, those opposing its mindless folly receive equal billing with the politicians, generals, and propagandists obdurately insisting on its perpetuation. Implicit in Adam Hochschild's account is this chilling warning: once governments become captive of wars they purport to control, they turn next on their own people." Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Review:

"Adam Hochschild is the rare historian who fuses deep scholarship with novelistic flair. In his hands, World War I becomes a clash not only of empires and armies, but of individuals: king and Kaiser, warriors and pacifists, coal miners and aristocrats. Epic yet human-scaled, this is history for buffs and novices alike, a stirring and provocative exploration of the Great War and the nature of war itself". Tony Horwitz, author of A Voyage Long and Strange

Review:

"The lives of the authors many characters dovetail elegantly in this moving, accessible book....An ambitious narrative that presents a teeming worldview through intimate, human portraits." Kirkus Reviews

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"An original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place....Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"Riveting....[Hochschild] has assembled an irresistible, unforgettable cast of characters." Associated Press

Review:

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

Review:

"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." NPR's Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan

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"This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard." Christopher Hitchens, New York Times Book Review

Review:

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

Review:

"Hochschild has once again produced a moving account of one of the most terrible events of the recent past, bringing this story to life like few historians writing today." Seattle Times

Review:

"Compelling....A gifted storyteller, with an eye for the telling detail, Hochschild effectively and eloquently brings to life the senselessness of the war." Oregonian

Synopsis:

A sweeping history of World War I, showcasing the war's critics as dramatically as its heroes and victims.

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.

Synopsis:

World War I stands as one of history'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 wars critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain'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 Britain'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. 

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 “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

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About the Author

Adam Hochschild 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 Leopold'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

 1. Brother and Sister 3

 2. A Man of No Illusions 16

 3. A Clergymans Daughter 27

 4. Holy Warriors 40

 5. Boy Miner 54

 6. On the Eve 65

Part II 1914

 7. A Strange Light 79

 8. As Swimmers into Cleanness Leaping 98

 9. The God of Right Will Watch the Fight 114

Part III 1915

 10. This Isnt War 135

 11. In the Thick of It 147

 12. Not This Tide 160

Part IV 1916

 13. We Regret Nothing 177

 14. God, God, Wheres the Rest of the Boys? 200

 15. Casting Away Arms 215

Part V 1917

 16. Between the Lions Jaws 241

 17. The World Is My Country 257

 18. Drowning on Land 275

 19. Please Dont Die 289

Part VI 1918

 20. Backs to the Wall 309

 21. There Are More Dead Than Living Now 329

Part VII Exeunt Omnes

 22. The Devils Own Hand 347

 23. An Imaginary Cemetery 360

Source Notes 379

Bibliography 411

Acknowledgments 423

Index 427

About the Author 449

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Maryland Nancy, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Maryland Nancy)
A brilliantly told story that tell this important part of human history not only by impeccably researched facts, but by creating a narrative that illuminates the personal failings and hubris that led millions of young men to march cheerfully off to face the carnage of a senseless, bungled, and pointless war. Hochschild has captured the truth about this war and the people who lived, died, and resisted it so vividly that although it was a century ago, it feels like just yesterday.
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John Johnson, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by John Johnson)
One of the most evocative and moving books I have read about the home front of World War I.
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Bonnie Samuel, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Bonnie Samuel)
Hochschild's "To End All Wars" recounts the political maneuverings, personalities and special interest factions of the time, mindset and mind shaping of the approximately 10 years leading up to the opening of WWI. Fascinating and well written, the authors shows us that contrived meanings of events and personalities, plus ego and greed work to form the "reasons"for the endless wars of our world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618758289
Subtitle:
A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Subject:
Military - World War I
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.99 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "WWI remains the quintessential war — unequaled in concentrated slaughter, patriotic fervor during the fighting, and bitter disillusion afterward, writes Hochschild. Many opposed it and historians mention this in passing, but Hochschild, winner of an L.A. Times Book Award for Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place. These mostly admirable activists include some veteran social reformers like the formidable Pankhursts, who led violent pro-suffrage demonstrations from 1898 until 1914, and two members of which enthusiastically supported the war while one, Sylvia, opposed it, causing a permanent, bitter split. Sylvia worked with, and was probably the lover of, Keir Hardie, a Scotsman who rose from poverty to found the British Labor party. Except for Bertrand Russell, famous opponents are scarce because most supported the war. Hochschild vividly evokes the jingoism of even such leading men of letters as Kipling, Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and John Galsworthy. By contrast, Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "In this deeply moving history of the so-called Great War, those opposing its mindless folly receive equal billing with the politicians, generals, and propagandists obdurately insisting on its perpetuation. Implicit in Adam Hochschild's account is this chilling warning: once governments become captive of wars they purport to control, they turn next on their own people."
"Review" by , "Adam Hochschild is the rare historian who fuses deep scholarship with novelistic flair. In his hands, World War I becomes a clash not only of empires and armies, but of individuals: king and Kaiser, warriors and pacifists, coal miners and aristocrats. Epic yet human-scaled, this is history for buffs and novices alike, a stirring and provocative exploration of the Great War and the nature of war itself".
"Review" by , "The lives of the authors many characters dovetail elegantly in this moving, accessible book....An ambitious narrative that presents a teeming worldview through intimate, human portraits."
"Review" by , "An original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place....Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle."
"Review" by , "Riveting....[Hochschild] has assembled an irresistible, unforgettable cast of characters."
"Review" by , "Superb....Brilliantly written and reads like a novel....[Hochschild] gives us yet another absorbing chronicle of the redeeming power of protest."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard."
"Review" by , "Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story, and explores it in provocative ways....Exemplary in all respects."
"Review" by , "Hochschild has once again produced a moving account of one of the most terrible events of the recent past, bringing this story to life like few historians writing today."
"Review" by , "Compelling....A gifted storyteller, with an eye for the telling detail, Hochschild effectively and eloquently brings to life the senselessness of the war."
"Synopsis" by , A sweeping history of World War I, showcasing the war's critics as dramatically as its heroes and victims.
"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 , World War I stands as one of history'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 wars critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain'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 Britain'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. 

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 “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

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