To End All Wars

To End All Wars

A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

Book - 2012
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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, NPR's 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 history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's 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?

"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

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, c2011.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780547750316
Branch Call Number: 940.341 HOC
Characteristics: xx, 448 p. : ill., maps.


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May 25, 2015

This book is so excellent. If you can't get through the print & details try the spoken word form, the reader is excellent. This would do well as required reading for all young people.

RickUWS Jan 22, 2013

Some of the details are shattering, like that Douglas Haig and other commanders were reduced to bragging about the quantity of their casualties because there was otherwise nothing (shades of the "body count" in Viet Nam). Thanks to the author for digging out the stories of objectors and pacifists and relating them to the labor movement. Bertrand Russell comes off smelling pretty sweet, for sure; what a guy! I could have done with less Pankhurts (not 'fewer') but overall I highly recommend this compelling read, masterfully edited by Tom Engelhart.

KEVIN DOWD Feb 27, 2012

facsinating read. easy. details of a different sort.

May 13, 2011

Incidentally there is a very interesting book review of To End All Wars in today's NYT written by Christopher Hitchens. (You might have to cpy/paste the url)

debwalker May 03, 2011

"You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees." Those were the words of Kaiser Wilhelm II in August 1914, as he watched German troops heading off to fight in World War I.

Many never made it home.

"It was a long, bloody stalemate that went on really for four-and-a-half years," author Adam Hochschild tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

Hochschild's new book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, tells the story of World War I not as a struggle between the Allies and the Central Powers but as a struggle between individuals, even between family members."
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