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"The War Diaries" brings together -- in their own words -- the stories of men and women who have endured wartime life. By turns horrific and comic, the entries retain the candid intimacy that is the particular preserve of those who keep diaries. From Che Guevara, Virginia Woolf, and Davy Crockett to anonymous soldiers in the trenches, these poignant and intense missives ca"The War Diaries" brings together -- in their own words -- the stories of men and women who have endured wartime life. By turns horrific and comic, the entries retain the candid intimacy that is the particular preserve of those who keep diaries. From Che Guevara, Virginia Woolf, and Davy Crockett to anonymous soldiers in the trenches, these poignant and intense missives capture the immediacy, horror, and pathos of wars that span the centuries. From this remarkable cross-section of contributors -- Josef Goebbels, Anais Nin, Florence Nightingale, Samuel Pepys, and Salam Pax to name just a few -- Irene and Alan Taylor bring unprecedented insight into what has been described as "the most exciting and dramatic thing in life" and "the universal perversion": war. This book is a unique gift for history enthusiasts everywhere....

Title : The War Diaries: An Anthology of Daily Wartime Diary Entries Throughout History
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ISBN : 9781841957203
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 704 Pages
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The War Diaries: An Anthology of Daily Wartime Diary Entries Throughout History Reviews

  • Angelina
    2018-10-08 16:59

    This book was amazing. I learned so much, and, considering the topic, laughed a good deal. I found it especially interesting to read the views and experiences of "the other side", and there were many writers features whose full diaries I wish I could have explored.

  • John
    2018-09-23 00:14

    An inconsistent collection of both military and civilian diary entries from 1665 to 1990. Some are very interesting some are rather boring. But is was fun to follow along each day; so it took me a year to read this book. Some of the more interesting entries were by Josef Gobbels: Jan 7 1940 - "Film: Ben Hur. Old Jewish hokum. But well made." Then on Feb 12 1940 - " Frau [...] visits me this afternoon. We see the American Disney film Snow White, a magnificent artistic achievement. A fairy tale for grown-ups, thought out into the last detail and made with great love of humanity and nature. An artistic delight." Who would have guessed he had time for movies!Then there was the entry from Arnold Bennett dated July 25, 1917 - London - [The Yacht Club] Where he dines at J.M. Barrie's with Thomas Hardy and his wife. They phoned and invited over George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells and wife. "Soon after Shaw and the Wellses came Hardy seemed to curl up. He had travelled to town that day and was evidently fatigued. He became quite silent. I then departed and told Barrie that Hardy ought to go to bed. He agreed. The spectacle of Wells and G.B.S. talking firmly and strongly about the war, in their comparative youth, in front of this aged, fatigued and silent man - incomparably their superior as a creative artist - was very striking". Talk about a literary evening - wow!

  • Lia Jacobson
    2018-10-03 22:02

    A beautiful, frank compilation of wartime narratives that speak strongly to a pervading theme that surrounds humankind - war itself, and its torrential impact on the citizens and nations of the world.