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Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce

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Publisher Comments:

In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer.

Throughout his narrative, Stanley Weintraub uses the stories of the men who were there, as well as their letters and diaries, to illuminate the fragile truce and bring to life this extraordinary moment in time.

Review:

"An emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"This book brilliantly re-creates how, in the early months of World War I, a temporary peace broke out to celebrate Christmas. The enemies threw down their arms and exchanged trinkets; when their generals demanded they begin shooting, they did so, but aimed overhead to cause no harm. To be reminded of this moving episode in history is a great gift." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Stanley Weintraub's Silent Night is a fascinating slice of World War I history." USA Today

Review:

"A moving story of horror taking a holiday." People

Review:

"Weintraub has brought an obscure and bizarre incident to life with a flair that gives the reader a detailed glimpse at a unique Christmas story." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Beautiful, brutal, and deeply moving." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Drawing from secondary sources as well as much archival research in a variety of languages, Weintraub has compiled a brief, anecdotal account that reveals his skill as a researcher and deftness as a narrator....[J]ust in time for the holidays, we have this offering from one of our most patient chroniclers." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The desperate longing for peace, which Weintraub captures through the words of the soldiers themselves, underscores the poignancy of the ending of the truce, when outraged commanders ordered newly made friends to kill one another....Weintraub's work stands as a unique testament to our fundamental brotherhood." Library Journal

About the Author

Stanely Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist, Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, and the author of numerous histories and biographies. He is a regular book reviewer for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Outbreak of peace — Christmas Eve — Dead — Our friends, the enemy — Football — How it ended — What if--?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452283671
Author:
Weintraub, Stanley
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Christmas Truce, 1914
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Armistices.
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Plume printing
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 12-15
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w illustrations and photo inse
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.7 in 0.47 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Plume Books - English 9780452283671 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer."
"Review" by , "This book brilliantly re-creates how, in the early months of World War I, a temporary peace broke out to celebrate Christmas. The enemies threw down their arms and exchanged trinkets; when their generals demanded they begin shooting, they did so, but aimed overhead to cause no harm. To be reminded of this moving episode in history is a great gift."
"Review" by , "Stanley Weintraub's Silent Night is a fascinating slice of World War I history."
"Review" by , "A moving story of horror taking a holiday."
"Review" by , "Weintraub has brought an obscure and bizarre incident to life with a flair that gives the reader a detailed glimpse at a unique Christmas story."
"Review" by , "Beautiful, brutal, and deeply moving."
"Review" by , "Drawing from secondary sources as well as much archival research in a variety of languages, Weintraub has compiled a brief, anecdotal account that reveals his skill as a researcher and deftness as a narrator....[J]ust in time for the holidays, we have this offering from one of our most patient chroniclers."
"Review" by , "The desperate longing for peace, which Weintraub captures through the words of the soldiers themselves, underscores the poignancy of the ending of the truce, when outraged commanders ordered newly made friends to kill one another....Weintraub's work stands as a unique testament to our fundamental brotherhood."
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