The Path of Peace: Walking the Western Front Way

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The Path of Peace: Walking the Western Front Way

The Path of Peace: Walking the Western Front Way

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I didn’t really appreciate the comparisons he made initially with Patrick Leigh Fermor, and I was quite upset with him near the end when he gave away the ending of Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front”. The repeated sets of details of numbers killed, atrocities and more certainly hammer the point home, though over time it can feel a little repetitive. He has a historian’s enthusiasm and sharp eye for spotting and recounting good stories, many from the particular battlefields he is passing by. Apart from his teaching and administrative work, his establishment credentials included being director for the National Shakespeare company, name dropping Boris Johnson as a contact and easy access to national newspapers and TV channels.

Seldon gives us vivid descriptions of his aches and pains, blisters, moments of despondency and emergency visits to French hospitals, while making clear that they were as nothing compared with what the soldiers once went through. A deeply informed meditation on the First World War, an exploration of walking's healing power, a formidable physical achievement. The patient, deeply compassionate, detail Seldon gives of these young soldiers is a worthy tribute to them – one aspect I haven’t mentioned is his sensitive portrayal of war memorials, and the preservation of trenches and destroyed villages which bear witness. A timely , eloquent and convincing reminder that to forget the carnage of the past is to open the door to it happening again. But Pershing never even ran for president, another marker of the way the war is regarded in the United States.It is not a history book of the First World War and there are some nitpicking things which I could say were not quite correct, but while this book will undoubtedly interest students of WWI it is not a history of the war.

Drawing again on his deep knowledge the author enriches the story of the Western Front with the personal fate of participants in the fights; not very much new there (e. Intermixed in this is the agony and ecstasy of long walking journeys/ pilgrimages and what they reveal to and about us. The War of Independence gave George Washington a national profile that helped him become the new country’s first head of state.For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. The First World War, in contrast, was a faraway war, with American forces only fighting in the final months as subordinate forces to the Old World powers .

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