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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.

Publisher's Summary

H.G. Wells sets forth an intriguing first-hand observation of Italy, France, and Britain under severe duress during the "War to End All Wars," World War I. He insightfully examines the technological effects of modern warfare, particularly the introduction of the tank and aerial bombing on human nature. Two prophetic visions of his philosophy to truly end all war are revealed: the control of war weapons and the creation of a world state.
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