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The Final Whistle: The Great War In Fifteen Players Paperback – 6 May 2013

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2nd ed. edition (6 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752499009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752499000
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Cooper has written a haunting and beautiful book. Here we see the grinding slaughter and the everyday humanity of men hurled into the abyss of modern warfare at its most terrible. His book tells the story of men from one rugby club but it is a universal narrative of heroism and loss. He writes superbly and has produced a book of commendable scholarship. I cannot recommend it enough. --Fergal Keane

A fresh and fascinating take on the impact of the Great War with a novel and moving focus. --Ian Hislop

A deeply moving book about the loss of fifteen members of Rosslyn Park Rugby Club during the Great War. A War that scarred Britain and took so many fine men, who had they lived would have enriched this country. The lives of these young men, all so promising, are poignantly and vividly recalled. --Max Arthur

People use the word hero to describe sportsmen but the guys in this book are true heroes. A fantastic and inspiring read from the first page to the last. --Jason Leonard, England & British Lions

An original and illuminating approach to this endless fascinating subject. --Edward Stourton

About the Author

Stephen Cooper has played and coached rugby for over 40 years. After Cambridge, he worked in advertising, as a freelance travel journalist and now runs a military charity His grandfather survived the Battle of the Somme and inspired in him a lifelong fascination with the First World War. He lives in London.

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