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For King And Country

For King And Country

Far more than an anthology, FOR KING AND COUNTRY is Brian MacArthur’s attempt to write a history of the First World War by drawing on the writings of those who were present at the events they describe. Those writings will be drawn from a broad range of sources: from, most obviously, the officers and men who served on the western front at the Somme and elsewhere, accounts of fear and tedium, horror and occasional joy; also from those were left behind on the home front to wait for news of their loved ones.

As well as letters, diary entries and memoir extracts, the book will also include the songs sung in the trenches by the men at the front; there are poems too, the less well known alongside the familiar. The material reproduced will be linked by Brian MacArthur’s commentary and notes to create a seamless and movingly immediate narrative of the First World War.
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Genre: Humanities / History

On Sale: 5th February 2009

Price: £13.99

ISBN-13: 9780349120294

Reviews

** 'The strength of For King and Country is what it teaches us about the indomitable human spirit . . . it is impossible to read without comparing the folly of the politicians and the generals with the quiet heroism of the men they sent to die
The Times
** 'A fascinating and important collection of contemporary letters, speeches, diary extracts and newspaper reports
Daily Express
** 'MacArthur . . . replays the voices of the dead. His work is an anthology of particularly well chosen letters, poetry and prose . . . But the book does no derive its merit solely from anthologising. MacArthur understands both the overall sweep and the minutiae of history . . . The voices that MacArthur replays carry irony, sadness - and a warning. It can happen again. Ask them in Kosovo, or Chad.
Sunday Business Post
** 'As Brian MacArthur says in this fascinating and important collection of contemporary letters, speeches, diary extracts and newspaper reports, no family in Britain was to remain unaffected.
International Express