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Somme

Lyn Macdonald

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ISBN 10: 0880291192 / ISBN 13: 9780880291194
Published by Dorset Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Dorset Press, New York. 1986. Hardcover. 1st Dorset Press Edition. Book Condition: Fine. DJ:Fine. Book is tight, square and unmarked. Black boards with red cloth spine; bright gold gilt lettering. 364 pp. Somme is a human chronicle of life as well as death, a vivid blend of military history and the immediacy of personal recollection that puts the reader uniquely in touch with ordinary people caught up in momentous events. The book is the result of prodigious research and the collection of original material, full of little-known episodes and telling details of the horror and hardship of the First World War. A pristine edition. Bookseller Inventory # 000926

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Title: Somme

Publisher: Dorset Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 'There was hardly a household in the land', writes Lyn Macdonald, 'there was no trade, occupation, profession or community, which was not represented in the thousands of innocent enthusiasts who made up the ranks of Kitchener's Army before the Battle of the Somme...' The year 1916 was one of the great turning-points in British history: as the youthful hopes of a generation were crushed in a desperate struggle to survive, and traditional attitudes to authority were destroyed for ever. On paper, few battles have ever been so meticulously planned. Yet while there were good political reasons to launch a joint offensive with a French Army demoralized by huge casualties at Verdun, the raw troops on the ground knew nothing of that. A hundred and fifty thousand were killed in the punishing shellfire, the endless ordeal of attack and counter-attack; twice that number were left maimed or wounded. Here, almost for the first time, Lyn Macdonald lets the men who were there give their own testimony. Their stories are vivid, harrowing, sometimes terrifying - yet shot through with humour, immense courage and an astonishing spirit of resilience. 'What the reader will longest remember are the words - heartbroken, blunt, angry - of the men who lived through the bloodbath...a worthy addition to the literature of the Great War...'Daily Mail Over the past twenty years Lyn Macdonald has established a popular reputation as an author and historian of the First World War. Her books are based on the accounts of eyewitnesses and survivors, told in their own words, and cast a unique light on the First World War. Most are published by Penguin.

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Lyn Macdonald is one of the most highly regarded historians of the First World War. Her books tell the men's stories in their own words and cast a unique light on the experiences of the ordinary 'Tommy'. The Roses of No Man's Land, Somme and They Called it Passchendaele have been recently reissued by Penguin. She lives near Cambridge.

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