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Now It Can Be Told

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In "Now It Can Be Told," Philip Gibbs provides a compelling and detailed account of his experiences as a war correspondent during World War I. The book offers a unique perspective on the war, as Gibbs had unparalleled access to high-ranking military officials and was able to closely observe the frontlines.

Gibbs' writing is vivid and evocative, bringing to life the chaos and brutality of the conflict. His descriptions of the soldiers, the battles, and the overall atmosphere of war are both harrowing and deeply moving. The emotional impact of the book is undeniable, as Gibbs does not shy away from depicting the true cost of war on both the soldiers and civilians caught in its path.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is Gibbs' honesty and introspection. He reflects on his own feelings of fear, guilt, and sorrow, offering a candid look at the psychological toll of bearing witness to such widespread devastation. This vulnerability adds depth and humanity to his storytelling, making the reader feel a profound connection to the struggles and sacrifices of those who lived through the war.

Overall, "Now It Can Be Told" is a gripping and thought-provoking read that sheds new light on one of the darkest chapters in human history. Gibbs' firsthand account of the war is both enlightening and heartbreaking, offering a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit of those who endured unimaginable hardship.

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In this book I have written about some aspects of the war which, I believe, the world must know and remember, not only as a memorial of men's courage in tragic years, but as a warning of what will happen again--surely--if a heritage of evil and of folly is not cut out of the hearts of peoples. Here it is the reality of modern warfare not only as it appears to British soldiers, of whom I can tell, but to soldiers on all the fronts where conditions were the same...

The purpose of this book is to get deeper into the truth of this war and of all war--not by a more detailed narrative of events, but rather as the truth was revealed to the minds of men, in many aspects, out of their experience; and by a plain statement of realities, however painful, to add something to the world's knowledge out of which men of good-will may try to shape some new system of relationship between one people and another, some new code of international morality, preventing or at least postponing another massacre of youth like that five years' sacrifice of boys of which I was a witness.


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