Death of a Hero is one of the best novels on WWI. In this book Aldington sets off not only to record the massacre and brutal conditions of the Great War but also to vindicate the slaughter on both sides of a whole generation of young men. Here is a writer determined to shock and to spell out the lie of war. Aldington does not write as an eye witness but creates instead a character that will enable him to dissect pre-war England and get to the roots of the War. George Winterbourne is the sympathetic mock hero of the novel whose progress the reader follows from his birth in the Victorian England of the 1890s to his death at Maison Blanche in 1918. Aldington's familiarity with Victorian England and his spite for it, his own traumatic war experiences and his need to write about them, come to the reader with an absolute lack of detachment, powerful language, and descriptions that will stick in your mind long after reading this book.