The Beauty and the Sorrow
An Intimate History of the First World War
Peter Englund & Peter Graves
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An intimate narrative history of World War I told through the stories of twenty men and women from around the globe--a powerful, illuminating, heart-rending picture of what the war was really like.
In this masterful book, renowned historian Peter Englund describes this epoch-defining event by weaving together accounts of the average man or woman who experienced it. Drawing on the diaries, journals, and letters of twenty individuals from Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Venezuela, and the United States, Englund’s collection of these varied perspectives describes not a course of events but "a world of feeling." Composed in short chapters that move between the home front and the front lines, The Beauty and Sorrow brings to life these twenty particular people and lets them speak for all who were shaped in some way by the War, but whose voices have remained unheard.
From Publishers Weekly
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Beauty and the Sorrow
This is the best overview of WWI that I have ever read. If you want to follow battles and strategies, dates and troop statistics, then you should read elsewhere. But if you want to understand the war, then you should read this book.