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Chronicle of Youth: Vera Brittain's Great War Diary, 1913 (Phoenix Press) Paperback – November 1, 2000

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  • Series: Phoenix Press
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842120948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120941
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1893, Vera Brittain was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and became renowned as a pacifist, feminist, author, journalist and lecturer, after her first hand experiences of the first world war. She died in 1970.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the single best book that I have read in my life. I think that everyone should read it; like Vera says in her introduction, the more people who read it and are aware of the horrible waste of life, especially young life, that war is, the less people will allow it to happen. This is a great book for anyone, but especially the young- I am a teenager myself (13), as Vera was (she was 19, but oh well), and it is so much more real- what she thinks and feels and believes are so like ours, even written 85 years ago, and it makes her tradgedy seem so much more real when we see how much she was like us. It is a story of what true love is, also; when we read fiction we think "Oh, that couldn't happen in real life": here it is, it did happen, but they were only allowed a taste of what it could have been like before it was snatched away from them again. It's a reasonably hard book, guys, but it is worth it: you'll never read a better book and it will show you, if you havn't realised already, how horrible such a war is in the deaths of people so young, bright, brave, kind, and brilliant people as Roland, Edward, Victor, and Geoffery.
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By Tony Marquise Jr. on November 22, 2013
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This is the diary that Vera Brittain refered to when she wrote her book Testament of Youth. This book records the horrors that Vera lived through in World War I. Vera voluntered to be a nurse and saw firsthand the desperate wounds the uncounted wounded suffered, many dying in the hospitals where she worked. Many of her family and friends were killed in the front lines of this war. I cannot recommend this book as highly as it should be recommended-EVERYONE should read it. The First World War has gone down in history as the most stupid war in history. It destroyed the order that existed in Europe before the war. The Second World War was the child of the First. The Germans sent Lenin to Russia in the 'sealed' train. The Cold War was the grandchild of the Frist World War, along with the Keoran war and Vietnam.. The A-bomb and H-bomh were the nephews of the Second World War. In 2014 we remember the 100th aniversity of the First World War. There are enough atomic weapons in todays world to kill everyone on Earth. We still do not know for sure if the children and grandchildren of the First World War will kill all the great-grandchildren of those that fought in the First World War. We do not think so-but the people who lived in 1914 could not comperhend that a First War was possible.
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