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Great Britain's Great War

A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly
Autor: Jeremy Paxman
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 49 Min.
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Praise for Empire:

"Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery" (Sunday Times) "He writes with wit and penetration, and every page can be read with relaxed pleasure" (Spectator)

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War.

Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War? The well-known images - the pointing finger of Lord Kitchener; a Tommy buried in the mud of the Western Front; the memorial poppies of remembrance day - all reinforce the idea that it was a pointless waste of life. So why did the British fight it so willingly and how did the country endure it for so long?

Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Jeremy Paxman brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the war, from politicians, newspapermen, campaigners and Generals, to Tommies, factory workers, nurses, wives and children, capturing the whole mood and morale of the nation.

It reveals that life and identity in Britain were often dramatically different from our own, and show how both were utterly transformed - not always for the worst - by the enormous upheaval of the war. Rich with personalities, surprises and ironies, this lively narrative history paints a picture of courage and confusion, doubts and dilemmas, and is written with Jeremy Paxman's characteristic flair for storytelling, wry humour and pithy observation.

Jeremy Paxman is a renowned broadcaster, award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of seven works of non-fiction, including The English, The Political Animal and Empire.

©2013 Jeremy Paxman (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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Well written and read description of Great Britain in the Great War. This book is a thought provoking attempt to show the war and its consequences as seen by the contemporaries and not with hindsight.
Also included are numerous anecdotes and amusing, but also deeply saddening stories, diary extracts etc.
I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the situation back home in Britain and the way society changed.
There is a clear element of nostalgia, but also a clear description of the shortcomings of the pre-war society.
If you have ever wondered why so many young men volunteered to fight, take the time to rad or listen to this book.

Unfortunately Paxman only reads the introduction, which was a disappointment for me as I just love the way he speaks.