THE BEAUTY AND THE SORROW
An Intimate History of the First World War

PETER ENGLUND
544pp ILLUS 2011 OUT OF PRINT H590

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There are many books on the First World War, but Englund here 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 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 and Germany, and from Australia and South America – and in theatres of war often neglected by major histories on the period – Englund reconstructs their feelings, impressions, experiences and moods.

. . . a work of unconventional brilliance. OBSERVER