"In this collection of essays Brian Bond brings a lifetime's study of the Western Front to the analysis of some of the best-known memoirs of the campaign. Literary and military historians alike will find the result of great value for their own studies, while for the general reader it should help destroy many long-standing myths. It is a worthy climax to a long and distinguished career." Sir Michael Howard
This is a unique study of World War One memoirs from a historical perspective. It explores the tremendous effect that war experience had on writers' lives and how they came to terms with it after 1918, in deeply moving and often brilliant writing. As well as such famous literary figures as Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, it includes historically significant writers such as Lord Reith, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan. It challenges the view that memoir writers were in any clear sense 'anti-war'. While many were appalled by heavy losses and awful conditions they were, however, determined to achieve victory and proud of their regimental service and comrades. Above all, they constitute a brilliant source for understanding the war on the Western Front.
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Brian Bond is one of Britain's most distinguished military historians. Emeritus Professor of King's College London, he has also been a visiting Fellow of Brasenose and All Souls colleges in Oxford. In 2000 he gave the Lees Knowles lectures at the University of Cambridge. His six books include The Pursuit of Victory: from Napoleon to Saddam Hussein and The Unquiet Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History.Review:
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"An absorbing and affectionate study of the military memoirs of the first world war, bearing all the authority of a life-time's work on the British Army." Spectator
' [A] succint and thoughtful study' - The Oldie
"This study is highly recommended for the new insights into the memoirs concerned." - The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society
"An engrossing and thought-provoking work which promises to be a cornerstone of future research. It is also, like the writing and the writers whom Brian Bond explores, stylish, eloquent, moving and varied." - Stand To! (The Western Front Association)
'An interesting and valuable study.' - Contemporary Review
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