Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas Truce Audiobook | Stanley Weintraub | Audible.com
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Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas Truce | [Stanley Weintraub]

Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas Truce

In the beginning months of World War I, a very strange thing happened. After the fierce trench warfare of November and December, on Christmas Eve, 1914, the fighting spontaneously stopped. Men on both sides laid down their arms and came to celebrate Christmas with each other. They shared food parcels across the lines, sang carols together, and erected Christmas trees with candles. They buried the dead, exchanged presents, and even played soccer together.
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In the beginning months of World War I, a very strange thing happened. After the fierce trench warfare of November and December, on Christmas Eve, 1914, the fighting spontaneously stopped. Men on both sides laid down their arms and came to celebrate Christmas with each other. They shared food parcels across the lines, sang carols together, and erected Christmas trees with candles. They buried the dead, exchanged presents, and even played soccer together.

Stanley Weintraub uses the letters and diaries of the men present to underscore the reality of this strange, delicate, twilight-like state of truce, when peace and good will really were for all men. It was with reluctance that the truce came to an end, and men had to get back to the business of killing.

©2001 Stanley Weintraub; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

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"An emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer." (Booklist)
"Edward Holland excels with his German, French, three classes of British English, and some well-aged Scots. Nor is he taxed by the requirement to recite poetry, soldier's prayers, and even to sing a bit." (AudioFile)

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    The premise of the story caught my interest. However, the writing didn't flow. Possibly the author tried too hard to stick to first person accounts and didn't make the book a


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    I really enjoyed Stanley Weintraub's style and the manner Edward Holland (narrator) brought the book to life. Weintraub touches on the subject of propaganda and the attitudes shared by men on apposing sides after initiating the truce. The use of diary entries, letters from eye witnesses and the description of life in the trenches provided a greater understanding regarding the reluctance to continue fighting after Christmas 1914. I found it hard to break away from the audio.

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