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This book provides an innovative analysis of World War One using memoirs of leading politicians and writers of the time.This is a unique study of World War One memoirs from a historical perspective. It explores the tremendous effect that war experience had on writers' lives and how they came to terms with it after 1918, in deeply moving and often brilliant writing. As well as such famous literary figures as Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, it includes historically significant writers such as Lord Reith, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan. It challenges the view that memoir writers were in any clear sense 'anti-war'. While many were appalled by heavy losses and awful conditions they were, however, determined to achieve victory and proud of their regimental service and comrades. Above all, they constitute a brilliant source for understanding the war on the Western Front.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847250049
ISBN-10: 1847250041
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Brian Bond

Brian Bond is one of Britain's most distinguished military historians. Emeritus Professor of King's College London, he has also been a visiting Fellow of Brasenose and All Souls colleges in Oxford. In 2000 he gave the Lees Knowles lectures at the University of Cambridge. His six books include The Pursuit of Victory: from Napoleon to Saddam Hussein and The Unquiet Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History.

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