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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Edition edition (10 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297846442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297846444
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Arthur is an oral historian who specialises in bringing together first-hand recollections of the twentieth century. He is the best-selling author of Forgotten Voices of the Great War,Forgotten Voices of the Second World War and Last Post: The Final Word from our First World War Soldiers.

Other titles include the classic work on the Falklands Campaign, Above All, Courage; Busby Babes: Men and Magic; Men of the Red Beret; The Edwardians; Dambusters and Last of the Few. His most recent title is The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived It.

His awards include Audiobook of the Year 2004 from The British Book Awards, and he has recently made two documentaries based on his books: The Brits That Went to Spain to Fight for the History Channel and The Dambusters.

Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force.

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Nostalgic photographs add to the book's flavour, lighting up a time when generations predating the modern, pervasie 'me' culture lived and worked for each other. (TRIBUNE)

For their devotion to King and Country and for Mr Arthur's work we should all be grateful (CONTEMPORARY REVIEW)

one you will want to add to your collection (THE GREAT WAR)

this remarkably poignant book. (James Holland THE MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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The 'Forgotten Voices' of the First World War speak for the final time

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 5 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
What a marvellous, emotional read. Wonderfully put together by the author using his formula that works, of allowing these men to tell their story and memories in their own words.

It features the last 21 men, of which I think there is only one alive now, recalling not only the war but their lives. Therefore it is not only a historical tome, but a social commentary as well. We have some men recalling the Titanic being sunk. One chap even recalls watching Newton Heath playing football, before they became Manchester United!

In relation to the war, a recurring theme is that it is not recalled fondly or romatically as some authors, historians and broadcasters try to do on occasions. It is recalled with pride of what they had to do at that time, but tempered with the realism of the horror and waste of it all, to the men, their families and communities and a whole generation and also to the economy and infrastructure of the countries including lost shipping and live stock, as all the stories point out their was hardly any mechanised transport at that time other than staff cars!

A lovely read and I highly recommend it but it is a shame that nearly 100 years on from the war to end all wars we have British servicemen being killed in futile conflicts overseas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bungy on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I echo the comments from the previous reviewer. This is a great read, and it's all their own words. The author has resisted the temptation to interperet or add to, or explain their words.

Not only do the men talk about the war, but they talk about their lives too. And for me that was equally as interesting because I've been tracing my family tree, and it gives you a small insite into the everyday lives of ordinary people at the turn of the last century.

It really is quite amazing how long these men have lived, and the thing that brought it home for me was the fact that some of them had outlived their own children!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful, vivid and poignant book deserves a wide audience and should be force-fed to every hoody wearing ASBO collecting yob. In their own words, 21 WWI veterans describe their experience of the great war.
This is not a book about facts, dates and statistics. It is macro social history of the uppermost important at the mirco level. It's about real people, normal in almost everyway, who gave so much. It was a humbling read.
Max Arthur through the words of 21 hero's (most now dead) provides a fitting testament to those lost during 1914-1918.
It also highlights what happened after the war, how life continued forever changed.
Reading this book, one is sad not because so many young men died, that is true (Lord Denning said Britain lost its finest men during the war) but because we have forgotten so much about what is important, about being good citizens, about duty, honour and friendship. It is not good enough to mock "not like the old days".
Read the book and decide for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scrumdown on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
As an amateur student of military history, this book was always going to be picked up by my interest-radar, and I'm so glad it was. Much is written in history books of the battles, leaders, weaponry etc, but little is usually written about the experiences of the man on the ground.

This book was a wonderful idea - interview the remaining WW1 soldiers/sailors/airmen and publish it. The result is a goldmine of information about life in Britain at the turn of the last century and an insight into the misery of the trenches.

The old chaps who speak, are unfortunately now mostly gone, but if people of my age can read about their exploits with a tear in the eye from the comfort of a warm home in a free country, then their lives and their sacrifices mean just that bit more.

Some of them are bitter about the Great War and some more bitter about how no one seems to have learned anything because we still plunge ourselves into pointless foreign conflicts where, as usual, the poor guy in uniform suffers the greatest. Most however, pay tribute to their pals from the line, miss their long-gone wives and look back on full and enjoyable lives once the war ended. They have my greatest admiration and respect. Loved the photos too - it turned a book almost into a personal account read by the men who were there, as if you were talking to them personally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Day on 27 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
It would be easy to beleive that in order to enjoy this book you have to have more than a passing interest in the military or the first world war. You don't. This book is about people, and it is because of that I continued to read. These century old men were little more than children when they were recruited and their tales of war, work and family life are important snapshots of social history.
This book has sparked an interest for me and I will read Max Arthur's other books in the hope that they are as inspiring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. L. Cox on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
For the first time ever this year i bought a poppy.
that's because i read this book and "forgoten voices of the great war"by the same author.
we don't know we're born i am sure.
i wish that all those people who think they should be compensated for everything and complain about everything in life should be made to read this! I wont ever feel the same again.
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