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Kings, Queens and Pawns: An American Woman at the Front

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In "Kings, Queens and Pawns: An American Woman at the Front," Mary Roberts Rinehart does a superb job recounting her experiences as a war correspondent during World War I. Her vivid descriptions of the front lines and her interactions with soldiers and civilians provide a unique perspective on the war.

Rinehart's writing style is engaging and immersive, drawing readers into the chaos and uncertainty of war. Her insights into the roles of men and women in wartime, as well as the challenges faced by journalists covering conflict, add depth and nuance to the narrative.

One of the most powerful aspects of the book is Rinehart's portrayal of the human cost of war. She does not shy away from describing the horror and devastation she witnessed, giving readers a stark reminder of the true toll of armed conflict.

Overall, "Kings, Queens and Pawns" is a gripping and thought-provoking read that sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of World War I. Rinehart's courage and determination in the face of danger make her a compelling protagonist, and her story will stay with readers long after they finish the book.

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A personal account of the American author's visit to Europe in January 1915 while a war correspondent in Belgium for The Saturday Evening Post. She writes: "War is not two great armies meeting in a clash and frenzy of battle. It is much more than that. War is a boy carried on a stretcher, looking up at God's blue sky with bewildered eyes that are soon to close; war is a woman carrying a child that has been wounded by a shell; war is spirited horses tied in burning buildings and waiting for death; war is the flower of a race, torn, battered, hungry, bleeding, up to its knees in icy water; war is an old woman burning a candle before the Mater Dolorosa for the son she has given. For King and Country!"

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