Unknown Soldiers: Book summary and reviews of Unknown Soldiers by Neil Hanson

Unknown Soldiers

The Story of the Missing of the First World War

by Neil Hanson

Unknown Soldiers by Neil Hanson

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The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity that unleashed such demons as mechanized warfare and mass death on the twentieth century. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. Some bodies were found, but they bore no trace of identification; many more men had been blown to smithereens or had simply vanished in battlefields where as many as a hundred shells had fallen on every square yard.

In Unknown Soldiers, Hanson once again offers an unflinching yet compassionate account of the reality of battle on the front lines. He focuses on three soldiers - an American, an Englishman, and a German - and narrates their war experiences through their diaries and letters.

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"Starred Review. Vivid, sobering and without macho swagger or sentimentality, Hanson lets the voices of the unknowns speak across a bloody century with lessons for the new one." - PW.

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