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As We Were Reviews

As We Were by David Hargreaves, Margaret-Louise O'Keeffe

As We Were: The First World War: Tales from a broken world, week-by-week

David Hargreaves, Margaret-Louise O'Keeffe

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Whitefox Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Whitefox Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 25 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781913532369

Fought between 1914 and 1918, World War One - The Great War - was the most titanic and devastating conflict the world had yet seen. Detailing the course of the war week-by-week and the intimate accounts and experiences of soldiers and civilians alike, As We Were offers insight like no other into a war that impacted generations the world over.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
15 Apr 2021

"In some of the most raw, shattering accounts of the Great War, soldiers, medics and those left to grieve tell visceral stories in heartbreaking letters, diaries and memoirs"

World War I still looms large in our imaginations today. These astonishing volumes place its reality before us with exceptional clarity. Few will choose to read them from cover to cover but, dipping into them week by week, they give new and moving insights into what was meant to be ‘the war to end all wars’.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Dominic Sandbrook
28 Mar 2021

"An online project telling the story of the war has become a gloriously readable series"

And yet Hargreaves and O’Keeffe’s labour of love has two outstanding qualities, which few academic histories can match. First, the week-by-week style gives a rare sense of total immersion. On and on the war continues, for hundreds and thousands of pages. You get a real sense of time stretching endlessly out, as day follows day in the trenches. Things happen, but often they have no meaning beyond the individual tragedy. And yet, as one entry puts it: “What is tragedy if it is not personal?”

And second, it is gloriously readable. All human life is here: courage and cowardice, heroism and horror. It may cost £100, but it’s worth every penny.