The beauty and the sorrow
Four devastating years of war told by twenty eyewitnesses - including Australians and New Zealanders - showing what it was like to live through the First World War. Award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty. Two of these twenty will perish, two will become prisoners of war, two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks. One of them goes mad, another will never hear a shot fired. Following soldiers and sailors, nurses and government workers, from Britain, Russia, Germany, Australia and South America, Englund reconstructs their feelings, impressions, experiences and moods.
Soft cover, 488 pages.