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But by the Chance of War is a uniquely different type of book. The book presents four dramatic stories of war from India s fight with the Ephthalite Huns, to the Fall of Fort Niagara in the Seven Years War, to the trenches of World War I, and finally to modern-day circumstances and actions in the Middle East. A project that took years to complete, this book examines our impulses toward combat and encourages the reader to contemplate the seemingly inexplicable dynamic toward destruction despite our conscious knowledge of war s ultimate futility. Each story features characters that come to grips with the implication of technological advances that hasten the scope of casualties as they grapple with the moral questions of individual responsibility, the nature of military leadership, and the impact of the evolution of war on civilizations. As we look at history and how it has shaped us, how will we move forward in an age when technology and weaponry are meant to destroy everything in its path?
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A chronicle of mankind’s destructive urges through the ages, rendered in four epic poems spanning four wars and 1,500 years.
In his debut, Lyons offers a tetralogy—a group of four related plays written as epic poems in rhyming couplets, based on a style used in classical Athens, Greece, but unique for our age. He starts with an Indian conflict between the Gupta Empire and the invading Ephthalite Huns in the year 515, then moves on to the 1759 French and Indian War. He then depicts a World War I battle at Amiens in 1918, followed by an undated global nuclear Armageddon, as viewed on computer screens in a Jerusalem bunker. Although widely disparate in time and place, some narratives share important threads: Brothers fight one another, or participants see power, ambition and greed as the causes of conflict but stand by as the blood flows. Change is the only constant as empires rise and fall and one disaster foreshadows the next; for example, in the third play, a priest blesses the body parts of British soldiers “blasted to atoms,” a prelude to the splitting of atoms in the fourth and final play. In that nuclear disaster, a fictional U.S. secretary of state and his family fly into Israel to try to defuse the threats of a Middle Eastern leader, but even the leader’s brother can’t talk him out of starting a war. Lyons walks a high wire with this ambitious, difficult project—particularly with the rhyming couplets, which don’t always sing—but he successfully conveys a tragic picture of human depravity and ultimate self-destruction. Overall, it’s a work of great scholarship; not an easy read, but not overly difficult, either, as ample footnotes and maps explain historical context when necessary.
A sometimes brilliant and often moving poetic exploration of humanity’s warlike ways.
Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, Richard C. Lyons has been a lifelong admirer of the written word. He interweaves his self-motivated education in history, philosophy, and poetry throughout But by the Chance of War. Professionally, he is a third-generation printer, whose father dedicated his life to education in the publishing field. He has been directly and indirectly involved in the printing, publishing, stage, and television production industries throughout his professional career. His educational background took him through Loyola Academy, the University of North Texas and a graduate career at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business. He now resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.
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