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The Soul of the War

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    Philip Gibbs(Author)

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  • Philip Gibbs(Author)
  • Palala Press (August 31, 2015)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By 88 on January 20, 2014

    Gibbs has become my favorite contemporary source, I love his passion for humanity and his descriptions of ordinary people caught in extraordinary times. He pulls no punches and tells you like it was from the highest official's viewpoint down to the lowest Parisian apache. I have read hundreds of books on the 1st Great War in anticipation of the centenary and this one easily makes my top 3. I recommend new readers to this epoch start with Tuchman's Guns of August and then immediately read this for an 'on the ground' feel as the war starts, people are mobilized and lives start to fall apart and in many many cases, cease altogether. Snapshots so vividly written they are like photos, vignettes of time and space that will stay with you for a long time.---Paris at the start as civil liberties cease and men stream or are pushed to the front. Want to know what an 18 year old French boy felt as his train carried him to his certain death? Gibbs asked him. What was the character of those 1st Tommies who came across the channel in August 1914? Gibbs was there and describes them. Refugees, Belgian and French civilians, Paris life, German atrocities, German prisoners, life in the trenches, the attitudes of average people to mass war and mass death, sneaking into besieged Antwerp, working as an ambulance helper and raging against the unhuman treatment of the average man against human made steel, it's all here and more.

  • By Robert M on September 27, 2014

    Once again Philip reviews the true horror of man, the true horror of war. In this book Philip spends much time revealing the sacrifices, heartaches and unimaginable horrors that the French and the Belgians had to endure. He speaks of his time volunteering as a stretcher bearer for an ambulance service and risks and dangers that he undertook to try and save as many young men as possible. His tales of the hospital wards and the wounded young men he saw is a perfect summary for why war should never be the answer. The young men and women who risked their lives to treat and care for the wounded and sick deserve much more than the praise availed to them in this book.

  • By david holowchak on March 24, 2015

    This is a newspaper correspondent's view of the early part of the war. I was hoping for more war content, stories about the participants. There is a lot of commentary on death and destruction while apt, is recurring and recurring throughout the book. Overall, not bad.

  • By WFHRecords on June 26, 2017

    Fantastic primary source material for the opening act of WW1. Highly recommend this as a follow-on to The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchmann.

  • By Mike in Metairie on January 9, 2015

    Tons of information, but more about the civilian tragedy that anything. It also gets into the hearts and souls of the French/British soldiers. He writes about what he actually observed. I think the book is a bit of a different look, and I enjoyed it. .


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