"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off
like no one else . . . Hochschild is a master at chronicling how
prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how
it''s challenged." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh
World War I was supposed to be the "war to end all wars." Over four
long years, nations around the globe were sucked into the tempest,
and millions of men died on the battlefields. To this day, the war
stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage,
defying rational explanation.
To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of
the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Many of these
dissenters were thrown in jail for their opposition to the war,
from a future Nobel Prize winner to an editor behind bars who
distributed a clandestine newspaper 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.
As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he
forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations
get so swept up in the violence? Why couldn't cooler heads prevail?
And can we ever avoid repeating history?
"Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story and explores it in
provocative ways . . . Exemplary in all respects." - Jonathan
Yardley, Washington Post
"Superb . . . Brilliantly written and reads like a novel . . .
[Hochschild] gives us yet another absorbing chronicle of the
redeeming power of protest." - Minneapolis Star