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This is a non-fiction book about World War 1. I have been reading every thing I can find about WW1 for the past year and a half, from non-fiction, fiction, all the way to poetry and music. This is a newly published book that is well research looking into the lives of five young men that are Harvard grads. Most are master or Phd grads, most are from better off families and probably could have found away to avoid military service. Each had their reasons for going off to War. Nelson researched diaries, uncensored letters and memoirs as well as the usual resources about the war. The story is more about each of the young men rather than a detailed account of the military action. Each became an officer and leds men into battle. Because of their education and sensitivity they saw events a bit different than some of the uneducated men they led. Enjoyed some of the poems that were read in the book. For one studying WW1 this book helps give insight to the individual officer and the effects of the War on them post war. Geoffrey Blaisdell did a good job narrating the story.
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