To End All Wars

A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

By Adam Hochschild
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618758289, 480pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2011

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World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. 

Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?




About the Author

ADAM HOCHSCHILD has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines. In King Leopold’s Ghost, Bury the Chains, and other books, Hochschild has earned a reputation as a master of suspense and vivid character portrayal. His skill at evoking such struggles for justice has made him a finalist for the National Book Award and won him a host of other prizes.




NPR
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 â?? as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement â?? in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Adam Hochschild's pensive narrative history, To End All Wars, focuses on those who fought â?? and also on those who refused. Hochschild is a master at chronicling how prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how it's challenged. More at NPR.org

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