11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax

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Random House, 2005 - World War, 1914-1918 - 456 pages
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Armistice Day, 1918 World War I And Its Violent Climax Using military archives and public records, along with journals and diaries, Joseph Persico weaves together the eleventh hour experiences of the men in the trenches, unsung and unremembered, the British Tommies, French Poilus, American Doughboys and German Feldgrau. Where, for example, was the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, on that day? The pointless fighting on the last day of war is the perfect metaphor for the four years of senseless slaughter that preceded it. This book is sure to become the definitive history of the end of a conflict Winston Churchill called the hardest, cruellest, and least-rewarded of all the wars that have been fought.

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User Review  - TukangRoti - LibraryThing

It was touching to read when the soldiers on the front, Germans, Britain, US, French, declared a christmas truce. Both sides stoppped firing at each other and started giving handshakes, exchanged presents and singing christmas carrols. Read full review

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I listened to the audio version of this book by Joseph Persico about the armistice that ended World War I. It offers a sad commentary on a brutal war fought over murky causes. Armistice Day, 1918, was ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Was a contributing writer for Colin Powell's My American Journey. He also wrote Piercing the Reich, which is about the penetration of Nazi Germany by American Agents, and Nuremburg, which was made into a major television docudrama.

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