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The War on All Fronts: England's Effort Letters to an American Friend   By: (1851-1920)

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In "The War on All Fronts: England's Effort Letters to an American Friend," Humphry Ward provides a poignant and insightful exploration of England's role in the First World War through a series of heartfelt letters to an American friend.

Right from the beginning, Ward's writing captures the reader's attention with its evocative language and vivid descriptions. His letters offer a unique perspective on the war, detailing the experiences, struggles, and triumphs of the British people during this tumultuous period. The author's ability to bring the reader into the heart of the action, both on the home front and on the battlefields, is truly commendable.

What sets this book apart is not only Ward's adept storytelling but also his critical analysis of the war's impact on England. He delves deep into the societal and political changes brought about by the conflict, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the war's consequences beyond the trenches. Ward's letters serve as a valuable historical document, shedding light on the period's prevailing sentiments and the challenges faced by the British nation at large.

Moreover, Ward's portrayal of the resilience and determination of the English people during times of crisis is truly inspiring. Through his letters, he vividly depicts the unity, sacrifice, and unwavering spirit that emerged from the war, making it impossible not to feel a sense of connection with the characters and their struggles.

While the format of a collection of letters may at times make for a slightly fragmented reading experience, Ward's writing style effortlessly weaves the individual anecdotes into a cohesive narrative. The combination of personal stories, historical analysis, and heartfelt emotions in each letter creates a multi-layered account that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

"The War on All Fronts" also impresses with its meticulous research and attention to detail. Ward provides a wealth of information on various aspects of the war, such as military strategies, wartime propaganda, and the experiences of soldiers and civilians alike. This rich factual backdrop ensures that the book is not only captivating but also informative, making it a valuable resource for those interested in studying this pivotal period in history.

In conclusion, "The War on All Fronts: England's Effort Letters to an American Friend" by Humphry Ward is an engrossing and insightful account of England's involvement in the First World War. Ward's evocative storytelling, combined with his comprehensive analysis and personal touch, make this book a compelling read. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply looking for a thought-provoking exploration of war's impact on society, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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[Transcriber's notes: Original spelling retained, original copyright information retained, italics are indicated by underscores.]

Volume II

England's Effort

Letters To An American Friend

[Illustration: Spring time in the North Sea Snow on a British Battleship.]

The War On All Fronts

England's Effort

Letters To An American Friend

By Mrs. Humphry Ward

With A Preface By Joseph H. Choate


New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1918




That is the question which Mrs. Ward, replying to some doubts and queries of an American friend, has undertaken to answer in this series of letters, and every one who reads them will admit that her answer is as complete and triumphant as it is thrilling. Nobody but a woman, an Englishwoman of warm heart, strong brain, and vivid power of observation, could possibly have written these letters which reflect the very soul of England since this wicked and cruel war began. She has unfolded and interpreted to us, as no one else, I think, has even attempted to do, the development and absolute transformation of English men and women, which, has enabled them, living and dying, to secure for their proud nation under God that "new birth of freedom" which Lincoln at Gettysburg prophesied for his own countrymen... Continue reading book >>

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