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.
"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)
A. true story of the meaning of Christmas, demonstrating the goodness that dwells in the heart and soul of man. In the last chapter the author posits of what might have happened if the world took the small embers of the Christmas Truce 1914 and carried it's spirit and light to brighten the world with the first and true message of the first Christmas...Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man!
I just finished this on Christmas. In a world where my county has been at war most of my life this book opened my mind to the insanity of war.
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
Heartwarming story, just hard to follow because it follows the same event from anothers point of view.
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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