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    DescriptionWorld War I is beyond the memory of almost everyone alive today. Yet it has left as deep a scar on the imaginative landscape of our century as it has on the land where it was fought. Nowhere is that more evident than on the Western Front—the sinuous, deadly line of trenches that stretched from the coast of Belgium to the border of France and Switzerland, a narrow swath of land in which so many million lives were lost. For journalist Stephen O'Shea, the legacy of the Great War is personal (both his grandfathers fought on the front lines) and cultural. Stunned by viewing the "immense wound" still visible on the battlefield of the Somme, and feeling that "history is too important to be left to the professionals," he set out to walk the entire 450 miles through no-man's-land to discover for himself and for his generation the meaning of the war. Back to the Front is a remarkable combination of vivid history and opinionated travel writing. As his walk progresses, O'Shea recreates the shocking battles of the Western Front, many now legendary—Passchendaele, the Somme, the Argonne, Verdun—and offers an impassioned perspective on the war, the state of the land, and the cultivation of memory. His consummate skill with words and details brings alive the players, famous and faceless, on that horrific stage, and makes us aware of why the Great War, indeed history itself, still matters. An evocative fusion of past and present, Back to the Front will resonate, for all who read it, as few other books on war ever have.


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    Title
    Back to the Front
    Subtitle
    An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen O'Shea
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802776181
    ISBN 10: 0802776183
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T Approval Code: A19242020
    DC21: 940.4
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    B&T Approval Code: A14204054
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027090
    Thema V1.0: NHW
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    01 December 2001