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

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

Adam Hochschild

"This is the type of investigatory heritage Hochschild pulls off like not anyone else . . . Hochschild is a grasp at chronicling how winning cultural opinion is shaped and, much less often, how it is challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

World conflict i used to be imagined to be the “war to finish all wars.” Over 4 lengthy years, international locations around the world have been sucked into the tempest, and thousands of fellows died at the battlefields. To at the present time, the battle stands as one among history’s so much mindless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

To finish All Wars makes a speciality of the long-ignored ethical drama of the war’s critics, along its generals and heroes. lots of those dissenters have been thrown in detention center for his or her competition to the struggle, from a destiny Nobel Prize winner to an editor in the back of bars who disbursed a clandestine newspaper on bathroom paper. those critics have been occasionally in detail hooked up to their enemy hawks: considered one of Britain’s such a lot widespread ladies pacifist campaigners had a brother who used to be commander in leader at the Western entrance. famous sisters cut up so bitterly over the struggle that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked every one other.

As Adam Hochschild brings the nice struggle to lifestyles as by no means prior to, he forces us to confront the large questions: Why did such a lot of international locations get so swept up within the violence? Why couldn’t cooler heads be triumphant? and will we ever steer clear of repeating history?

"Hochschild brings clean drama to the tale and explores it in provocative methods . . . Exemplary in all respects." — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"Superb . . . Brilliantly written and reads like a unique . . . [Hochschild] provides us one more soaking up chronicle of the redeeming strength of protest." — Minneapolis big name Tribune

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