Yes: Besides the action built in to nearly every minute, there is the moral, human, and personal elements of war presented in a way that requires the reader to think about his or her own condition. This story is so improbable, yet its truth is indisputable. I would love to see this book made into a movie as a way to present to a larger audience one story of the moral conflict that so many faced during WWII and wars preceding and following it. Buy it, you will not regret this purchase.
For a novice historian with no real knowledge of the events of WWI to compare this book to, it was a real eye-opener. I drive a couple of hours a day for my job and during that time I listened to this book. Most days I would enter work or home nearly in tears thinking about how avoidable this war was and the pure carnage that took place during it.
What would our world have been like if this, and the second world war, never have taken place. All the uniquely talented young men who senselessly died, along with the destruction of so much material goods; what would this world have been like today. I just can't imagine how much better we would have been.
If you have any interest in learning about the who, what, where, when, and hows of WWI this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it.
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