- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books; Television tie-in edition edition (31 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847947255
- ISBN-13: 978-1847947253
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great War: The People's Story (Official TV Tie-In) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014
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"Deeply moving, fascinating and powerful." (Sunday Mirror)
"A handful of people dominate this wonderful book. They are not special or famous but their stories will haunt you for a very long time... Charman's great achievement is to let the people who lived through all this speak for themselves. You will be torn between admiration, pity and anger." (The Herald)
"This tome lets those who lived through these terrible times tell you how it really was in their own words. From the gung-ho to the fearful, the petty to the practical, the sorrows and the shocks, the pitiful, the heroic, the angry… they put it all down on paper in a way that lets you gauge whether you could have lived through the terror – and be in awe of those who did." (Sunday Sport)
"This is a deeply sobering, essential read." (Bookbag)
Accompanying an all-star ITV series, The Great War: The People's Story gives an incredibly personal perspective on the First World War, both at home and at the front, by vividly reconstructing the experiences of individuals through their diaries and letters.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Obviously, 100 years ago it would fill people's lives, too, but it wouldn't require some camp producer's input to supplement their emotions. Their records were more personal and intimate, delivered through letters home and to the front, in which they kept a human contact amid all the inhumanity around them, and diaries, in which they recorded the effect of the war on their daily lives and their hopes and fears.
Where other books on the subject of the conflict will tell you what went on in great detail, this tome lets those who lived through those terrible times tell you how it really was in their own words. From the gung-ho to the fearful, the petty to the practical, the sorrows and the shocks, the pitiful, the heroic, the angry.
As the war drags on, death changes people's lives, and they put it all down on paper in a way that lets you gauge whether you could have lived through the terror - and be in awe of those who did.
life on the home front. Their stories are told through diaries and letters and you learn how they lived (and died) through those historical years. It has been beautifully researched and is an excellent book to read as it guides you through the whole of the Great War from start to finish.
Real peoples stories, brings the war to life. I loved the series, but the book is even better
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it to do project for paper I'm writing - lovely images and all the details I neededPublished 11 months ago by Bre
I tried hard with this, since the TV series was fantastic. But I just got more and more bored as the text lengthened out.Published 18 months ago by WhattheDickens!