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A good compilation.,
This review is from: The Greatest Day In History: How The Great War Really Ended (Hardcover)The author has succeeded in capturing the emotions of the week leading up to the Armistice by collating a series of experiences recorded by a broad cross section of people. Much of the fascination is in the accounts by people who had experienced the war and who having survived went on to gain fame and fortune in later years. Some of the accounts are fairly well known but that does not detract from the book. The account of Wilfred Owen's parents receiving the fateful telegram just as the celebrations start, will always be a defining moment in the human history of the war, and is not diminished by its retelling in this context. The overwhelming message is that the unreality of peace was very strange to people conditioned by years of war, and that the insanity of fighting right up to the eleventh hour, often driven by personal ambition, was in some cases criminal. On the other hand many wanted to fight on, and largely because they saw the folly of allowing the German Army to retire `undefeated' and thus National Socialism with one of its greatest lies. This is not a demanding book but it is a good relaxed read and throws up a number of thoughtful points.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2013 20:11:08 GMT
I can't understand why this reviewer only gave the book 3 stars. He clearly enjoyed reading it and doesn't offer any criticism or suggestions as to how the book could be improved. I've listened to the audio-book and thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so that I've now bought the book to read
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