Oct 28, 2020
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Posted by Adam Hochschild

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 waWorld 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

  • Title: To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
  • Author: Adam Hochschild
  • ISBN: 9780618758289
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To End All Wars A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 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

    L Fleisig

    When this century collapses, dead at last,And its sleep within the dark tomb has begun, Come, look down upon us, world, file past And be ashamed of what our age has done Inscribe our stone, that everyone may see What this dead era valued most and best Science, progress, work, technology And death but death we prized above the rest These verses, written by early 20th century Czech playwright and author Karel Capek, sounded a fitting leitmotif as I read Adam Hochschild s To End All Wars A Story of [...]


    A book that brilliantly succeeds in finding a new way to talk about the First World War, by looking at the protesters and conscientious objectors who opposed it along the way I must admit, in my head antiwar protests started sometime around the 60s with Vietnam but it turns out that the British peace movement during 1914 18 is one of the most impressive in history.So riveting are many of the details here that you end up feeling amazed and annoyed that they aren t included in general histories o [...]


    I think for many Americans this book will be something of a shocker It tells the story of the British anti war movement during World War I First is the story of the enormous incompetence of those prosecuting the war the highest ranking authority on the civil side was Prime Minister Asquith, and on the military side, the Generals French and Haig This is a tale of enormous inhumanity, not just for the enemy, but for one s own troops as well, who were ordered to make suicide attacks by the tens of [...]


    I got a lot of pleasure and education from this book because of the author s talent in weaving together stories of individual people and letting the bigger themes emerge from them The focus is on individuals who resisted the war in Britain balanced by the personal tales of a select set of true believers I was uplifted to experience how it was that some had the courage to work for peace and saddened by coming to terms with the futility of their efforts On the other side of things, I came to put a [...]


    This is a compelling book that focuses on Britain during the Great War Hochschild makes the conflict come alive, absolutely, and he is a writer of prodigious talent and skill However, for some reason I can t quite explain, I never found his descriptions of the life and work of British peace activists really, the book s main thrust quite as compelling I m a huge admirer of those who have the fortitude and capacity for original thought necessary to hold their own when faced with a tidal wave of op [...]

    Diane Barnes

    Immediately upon finishing this book, I gave it 4 stars however, now that I think about my review, I m upping it to 5 I m not normally a history reader as such, preferring to get my impressions from fiction and memoirs, but as a member of the World War I group, I felt I needed some facts and timelines Adam Hochschild did what all good teachers should do, he made his subject come alive.He did this in two ways First, by combining the stories of the conscientious objectors and demonstrators against [...]

    Elizabeth (Alaska)

    Hochschild intends to present two sides to this war that of combatants and that of war protesters While other countries cannot be excluded, he focuses almost exclusively on Britain He starts with giving us the prewar environment and introduces us to the main participants The next five parts are the war years, one part for each calendar year In the final part is the Treaty and what happens in the lives of the major participants beyond.Those of us who remember only Vietnam to the present were made [...]

    Erik Graff

    King Leopold s Ghost was good This is better I don t often give five stars nowadays Unlike most histories of the English involvement in World War I, Hochschild gives equal time to those who resisted it Thus, in addition to such incompetent warlords as British Generals French and Haig, one is introduced to such courageous heroes as Charlotte Despard, Emily Hobhouse, Keir Hardie, Sylvia Pankhurst and the Wheeldon family One is also given something of the context of the war, ranging from the brutal [...]


    The height of human folly, waste, idiocy This is what WWI represents to me It is a war that endlessly fascinates me, an infinite surreal grand tragedy that yielded so little for the actors, except it laid the seeds for what could be considered an even grander tragedy for the world the Nazis It laid waste to a whole generation, with the cultural, intellectual, and economic capital of the great European powers going up in smoke I think there are soooo many lessons that can be drawn from WWI, lesso [...]


    Today marks 100 YEARS TO THE DAY that the First World War began with the invasion of Serbia by the Austro Hungarian Empire To End All Wars is the story, told from a variety of viewpoints, of how Britain fared under the stresses of war between 1914 and 1918 The author focuses on the long ignored moral drama of the war s critics, alongside its generals and heroes Among the persons with whom the reader becomes familiar are Sir John French, a hero of the Boer War and the first commander of the Briti [...]


    Coming off the current frenzy of the popular TV series Downton Abbey, this book tied right in with its intellectual and entertaining explanation of how British officers approached WWI as if it were a fox hunt, and the calvary immaculate in its red coats and precision was the perceived answer to victory Since the war did not end quickly or smoothly, we follow the transformation from a gentleman s war to an industrial one We also learn of the many dissenters and their fate I m not into war books, [...]

    Matt Johnson

    There is no question that Adam Hochschild is a great writer To End All Wars is well organized, thoroughly researched and passionately told narrative, but I cannot recommend the book without some serious qualification 1 This book is about Great Britain s role in the war Events such as the assassination of archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the sinking of the Lusitania, the fall of Tsarist Russia, and the US deployment to France are given passing mention and little Additionally, he focuses almost en [...]

    'Aussie Rick'

    Having read numerous books on the Great War I wondered if Adam Hochschild s new book To End All Wars could bring anything new to the field I am happy to say that it does I found this book to be an enjoyable and fascinating account of the Great War and those within British society who opposed England s participation Overall it provides the reader with a compelling account of those soldiers who went off to war and fought and those who objected and refused to serve and their supporters It covers a [...]


    A book about WWI told from a British point of view Fascinating to learn that some in England wanted a world war, thinking that it would take care of several of the issues that were going on at home uprising in Ireland, socialism, and the suffragettes Notes from 1915 massive loses for the Allies, and an ill fated battle at Loos This was a year of trench warfare with not a lot of movement, and a stalemate Barbed wire had a huge impact on this type of land war The allies were short on binoculars, a [...]


    Hochschild has many admirable qualities as a writer For one he seems generally obsessed with the worst that humanity can do The Slave trade, the horrors and depredations of the Congo Free State have all been addressed, and in this current book the inferno of the Great War But rather than wallowing in cheap nihilism and shock he is equally if not even so, intrigued by those who against the currents of their day recognized an evil, and raised a voice, even if it was a feeble voice Here that voice [...]


    Unlike World War II and the Cold War, World War I was not about any principles an individual could support or reject Closer to our time, if the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 or the Able Archer crisis of 1983 had degenerated into a full scale nuclear war, it also would not have been about anything That war would have been over in a matter of hours, slaughtered hundreds of millions, and transformed a large portion of the Earth s surface into a radioactive wasteland In contrast, World War I took ove [...]


    I admit it I am a Downton Abbey addict After watching season two, I became curious to know about World War I and settled on this book, which looks at the war primarily from a British perspective This is nonfiction at its very best No dry military history, this is a social history of the war, full of interesting, complicated people The author is a storyteller par excellence and has captured the conflicting emotions of the time, from ardent, patriotic hawks to the heavily spied upon, largely der [...]


    An absolutely fascinating Anglo centric history of WW I written from the perspective of those who opposed the war Hochschild is a master raconteur as he connects the lives of the have and have nots and the left with the right We meet Sir John French, the commander of the BEF, whose very own sister is a dedicated leftist and peace agitator We get into the plight of the conscientious objectors CO s who were put in prison and went on hunger strikes We learn of the British soldiers who were executed [...]

    Florence Millo

    This is one of the best history books that I have ever read It is, of course about World War I But it is so much than a series of plans and generals and battles This book tells the story of the struggle through the both eyes of those who saw the war as a noble cause and those who saw it as utter madness to pit workers of the world against one another This is what makes this book so unique Included in it are both the British Commander in chief of the Western Front and his ardently pacifist siste [...]


    To End All Wars focuses primarily on the British experience during World War I, a fine choice because few other nations left a complete enough written record to assemble the kind of story this book endeavors to tell This is not another battlefield history of tactics and maneuver Those things have been covered well enough in any number of military histories This book covers the human and social sides of the conflict, and its impact on the British public, and does so from two disparate perspective [...]


    I love Hochschild and I would be a lot positive if I didn t expect so much from him The end of King Leopold s Ghost makes you think he has a sequel in mind about ED Morel, Rodger Casement and the movement against WWI in Britain That isn t this book at all Morel is only dealt with briefly and in an almost dismissive fashion, which is puzzling since Hochschild seems to adore him so in KLG.This is of a history of Britain s involvement in WWI in general with some attention payed to resisters I wan [...]

    Jill Hutchinson

    In a wordterrific I like this author and he doesn t disappoint with this book about WWI, the military leadership and the pacifists who attempted to sway public opinion Told from the British perspective, it pulls no punches regarding the military leaders who still believed that the mounted cavalry was the ultimate weapon and who measured success by the number of their own troops killed in a battle Although the pacifists and COs did not play much of a part in the overall scenario of war, they were [...]

    Mike Clinton

    Everyone today regards the Great War of 1914 1908 as the tragically destructive result of deeply flawed ideas and institutions Hochschild writes about those mostly in Great Britain who knew it to be so at the time, risking their freedom, reputations, and health to act out against the war Because he writes so well, bringing back sharply into view through revealing anecdotes about their lives, beliefs, and actions people long dead, Hochschild s book has compellingly returned these conscientious o [...]


    A refreshing book I ve read too much WWI revisionism lately, so it is heartening to see someone pick up diligently that contrary to what so many revisionist historians want to tell us, the British public and the soldiers themselves by no means were oblivious to the disastrous management of the war and its not exactly so clearcut and humane background as per allied interests.Much recommended


    An astonishing rendition of WWI Unlike my expectations the book covers stories of various war dissenters in British Isles and various parts of Europe and USA who were in war The book establishes a strong connection between the WWI and its causes, like Bolshevism, Communism, Nazism, Fascism, Holocaust, Indian Independence and end of apartheid Unlike, say, witch burning, slavery, and apartheid, which were once taken for granted and are now officially outlawed, war is still with us


    Immensely readable and informative book about WWI which captured for me the social tenor of the times in England unions, suffragettes, pacifism, communism Also some insight into the conditions for ordinary people in Germany hit by the deprivations resulting from wartime Lots of time was spent in the trenches too British mainly , the ordinary soldiers dying by the thousands or suffering horrendous injuries as a result of outmoded war strategies ineffective against barbed wire on the Western Front [...]


    There is little new to tell about World War One John Keegan, Hew Strachan and others have written comprehensive, well researched histories of a conflict that resulted in 20 million casualties Barbara Tuchman wrote vividly about the diplomatic failures that resulted in the headlong rush to war For firsthand accounts of the trenches, there is nothing to compare with the memoirs of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Edmund Blunden But in this finely written account Adam Hochschild achieves somet [...]


    This is not a book for the faint of heart It s a chronicle of the bloodiest war of the 20th century, and encompasses the hollow reasons for starting the war, the hysteria of the working class in rushing to uniform, the gross incompetence of the generals in charge, the amazing and ridiculous bravery of the troops, and the idealism and courage of the anti war movement The book shows us how easily we re duped into war fever, and without drawing any obvious parallels allows us to see how very little [...]


    This is a very well written and compelling history of World War I from a bit of a different perspective Hochschild does a credible job with the historical facts themselves, but he also presents a fine portrait of what was going on in society with respect to those who protested the war How sad that folks who were pacifists and realized that this incredibly stupid conflict was just that were persecuted, ridiculed and jailed There are many heroes in this book and all of them opposed the war The mil [...]

    Linda Robinson

    Hochschild can write, his research is superhuman, and the fact that this book took 6 years to complete is evident on every page His dedication shines throughout, and I understood this period of history with insight through Hochschild s thoughtful treatment I like how it s organized with families to bring the war to the reader on a personal level Never understood that there were plenty of people opposed to getting into WWI Brilliant work, expertly delivered I will read of Hochschild eagerly.

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