Intimate Voices from the First World War

4.3 avg rating
( 88 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060584207: Intimate Voices from the First World War

The story of World War I is brought to life through the gripping personal narratives of those at the center of the storm.

World War I was waged by young people from twenty-eight countries in an era without the advantages of military "embeds," satellite phones, and streaming media coverage. Intimate Voices from the First World War fills in the gaps in the history of the world's first global confrontation with excerpts from recently uncovered letters and diaries of those on the front lines and their friends at home. In their reflections on the vastness of the enterprise of war, these combatants, victims, and eyewitnesses re-create the scope of the conflict with immediacy and tenderness. Written with the frankness and intimacy of words not intended for public eyes -- full of private passions, prejudices, humor, and vivid insights -- these communiqués speak to us directly from within the war itself and from all sides of the conflict. These marvelous historical narratives not only immerse readers in an ongoing dialogue about the meaning of human conflict but also serve as reminders of the individual perspectives and beliefs that sometimes get overlooked during times of global strife.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Svetlana Palmer was born in Moscow in 1969. She studied at Moscow State University as well as in London and Berlin. She moved to Britain in 1990 and has worked on critically acclaimed documentaries including the BAFTA-nominated CNN/BBC Cold War series and ITV's award-winning The Second World War in Colour. Svetlana also co-produces arts and music documentaries with her filmmaker husband. They live in north London with their two sons.



Sarah Wallis was born in America in 1967 and moved to Britain as a child. She studied Russian and German and used these languages while working as an assistant producer on many historical documentaries including the BBC series People’s Century, for which the episode "Master Race" won an Emmy Award, and the RTS award-winning Homecoming, a film following the return to Russia of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Now a producer, she lives in north London with her partner and their two children.

From Publishers Weekly:

In June 1918, while holding back a German advance on the French town of Marne, American officer John Clark wrote a letter to his sweetheart in which he compared his wartime experience to "great cinema, constantly changing, constantly moving." But cinema couldn't do justice to all the drama contained in the pages of this extraordinary collection of diary entries and letters written by combatants in World War I. An outgrowth of the acclaimed British television documentary, The First World War, this book features the writings of individuals from 13 different nations. The first entry, a letter from incarcerated 16-year-old Vaso Cubrilovic, one of the collaborators in the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Serbia, voices a youthful and naïve militancy that exposes the arbitrary nature of the act that set off the beginning of the war. By putting his words first, the authors provide an interesting context for the subsequent fear, despair and confusion expressed by the young warriors who were sent to the trenches. The distinct voices include those of an Englishman who is ambivalent about the cause yet glad to be making use of himself, an unflinchingly patriotic Frenchman and a German who seems to have had wartime patriotism thrust upon him. The war's purpose seems to dissolve as each individual's story unfolds, and as the accounts of men "crying with exhaustion and rage" or dreaming of their families back home begin to mount up. In this carefully researched and assembled book, the question of war and its meaning is distilled into the vision of a single human being who records history with his eyes, ears and blood. Photos throughout, six maps.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Palmer, Svetlana; Wallis, Sarah
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060584203 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132260878

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Svetlana Palmer, Sarah Wallis
Published by Harper Perennial (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060584203

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Palmer, Svetlana; Wallis, Sarah
Published by Harper Perennial 2005-01-04 (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2005-01-04, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 0060584203 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0060584203

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Svetlana Palmer/ Sarah Wallis
Published by Perennial (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 381 pages. 8.00x5.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0060584203

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.82
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Palmer, Svetlana, Wallis, Sarah
Published by Harper Perennial (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060584203

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Palmer, Svetlana; Wallis, Sarah
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060584203 ISBN 13: 9780060584207
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060584203 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0014999

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds