Remembered as a prescient futurist and writer of canonical science fiction, H. G. Wells was also a reluctant cheerleader for the Allied effort in the First World War. Though he declared himself a pacifist, the news articles he wrote in defense of the war in 1916 are collected in the book War and the Future, a classic of wartime journalistic propaganda. Wells describes his visits to the front in France and an unlikely meeting with the King of Italy, and manages to dodge censors with his occasional criticisms of British officers. Wells remains scrutinizing and thoughtful for a soapboxer and narrator Shelly Frasier's reading brings a clear-eyed intensity to this memorable work.
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