To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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17 Critic Reviews

This simplistic calculus - pro-war = traditionalism = bad; anti-war = modernism = good - has already derailed many a book, but Hochschild is too good a writer to fall into that trap.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

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 Adam Hochschild

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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.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Mariner Books. 501 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for To End All Wars
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

An ambitious narrative that presents a teeming worldview through intimate, human portraits.

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NY Times

Above average
on May 13 2011

This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard.

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Guardian

Good
on May 07 2011

...Hochschild has done his work well. The book is thoroughly researched, wide-ranging in its curiosities, and always compassionate and sympathetic.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 07 2011

...Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle.

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Globe and Mail

Good
on Jun 03 2011

This simplistic calculus - pro-war = traditionalism = bad; anti-war = modernism = good - has already derailed many a book, but Hochschild is too good a writer to fall into that trap.

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LA Times

Good
on Jul 03 2011

Hochschild has written a profound critique of industrial modern war and a celebration of individual dissent.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
on May 03 2011

“To End All Wars” is exemplary in all respects.

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The Telegraph

Above average
on May 23 2011

The book’s title is impossible to dispute; its subtitle more questionable. The war divided families...and occasionally, briefly, communities, but not the nation.

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The Telegraph

Above average
on May 13 2011

The really original thing is that Hochschild has found a way of telling the story of the war, and the story of the opposition to it, through a contrasting set of personal histories.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Jun 27 2011

...his gripping new book, an instant classic of military and social history.

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Dallas News

Above average
on May 27 2011

Writing history always involves selection, and Hochshild chooses well.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on May 28 2011

Hochschild has once again produced a moving account of one of the most terrible events of the recent past, bringing this story to life like few historians writing today.

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Express

Above average
on May 20 2011

Hochschild is right in declaring that the sacrifices of the war resisters deserve to be acknowledged, if not necessarily embraced.

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Oregon Live

Above average
on May 27 2011

Adam Hochschild uses these civil -- and uncivil -- wars in a compelling account of World War I in England.

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Denver Post

Good
on May 15 2011

Now Adam Hochschild has contributed a riveting narrative history that broadens the focus beyond generals and heads of state to include the lesser-known stories of war resisters willing to risk prison or worse for their pacifist beliefs.

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Huntington News

Good
on Jun 30 2011

Hochschild's chronicle, which is certain to be short-listed for several major book prizes, begins and ends in cemeteries

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Arts Fuse

Excellent
on Jul 08 2011

Hochschild does not harp on these epochal changes, but his dense, beautifully integrated narrative illustrates them very effectively. He has embodied his themes...so skillfully in a dozen or so major characters and another dozen minor ones...

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