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We Are The Dead, Poems and Paintings From The Great War, 1914-1918
"We are the Dead" is superbly illustrated in full colour with war paintings of the period.
This anthology looks beyond the conventional sources of poetry of the First
World War with
poetry from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia and Canada.
Edited by David Roberts.
A quality, beautifully illustrated hardback with both popular and rarely seen poetry of the First World War. List price £25-00. Published by The Red Horse Press.
We Are The Dead. "Various friends and colleagues who've seen the book are also very impressed; one is even talking about buying several copies to give as Christmas presents . . . " - a comment recently received (October 2012).
Recent and current wars - what happened, why, and what might be done.
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Wordsworth Book of First World War Poetry (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
Edited by Marcus Clapham. Not the best quality paper. Paperback
- 1 Dec 1995. £3-99
Poems of the Great War: 1914-1918 (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) anonymously edited. Tiny book (pages approx. 4”by 5.5”) but with over 80 well-chosen poems. No supporting information or commentary. Random order. Good to take on a journey. Paperback - 1998. £4-99.
Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin Classics) Edited by George
Walter (replaces the previous Penguin edition edited by Jon Silkin)
Paperback - 2006.
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Dark: Poetry of the First World War in Context and with Basic Notes.
Edited by David Roberts. Paperback – 1998.195 poems by 47 poets.
Includes 20 poems by Wilfred Owen and 27 by Siegfried Sassoon. A wealth
of background information including basic notes on unusual vocabulary.
Illustrated. Ideal for students and the general reader. 190 pages.
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|Up the Line
to Death: War Poets, 1914-18 Edited by Brian Gardner. Paperback - 1964. £8.99.
|The Bloody Game: Anthology of War [Paperback]. Paul Fussell (Editor) ... conflicts: World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam . ...|
War: the Poetry and Experience of the First World War Edited by David
Roberts Paperback – 1996. 250 poems by 80 poets including 27 by Wilfred
Owen and 32 by Siegfried Sassoon. Other major poets are well
represented. A wealth of background information. Illustrated. 400
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Eighth printing, 2012.
Student's Book. Edited by Christopher Martin. Poems from wars from the
Napoleonic era to the nuclear bomb. Includes 54 poems of the First
World War. With questions for students. 96 pages. Paperback, large
format (a little less than A4). Illustrated. - 2004.
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Silence: The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry Edited by
Vivien Noakes. Hardcover
- 2006. £18.99
by Christopher Martin, Teaching Resources. Includes 75% photocopiable
worksheets covering differentiated activities, extension material,
homework, exam style questions, stimulus materials and additional
poems.(Large format.) £70-00.
Owen's poetry, Wilfred Owen's letters,
Wilfred Owen's life
Wilfred Owen, who died at the age of twenty-five a few days before the end of the First World War, is widely recognised as the greatest of writers of war poetry in the English language. In all he wrote only about thirty poems and fragments on the subject of war and his reputation rests on less than a dozen of these poems. More about Wilfred Owen >>>
Wilfred Owen's Poetry
The Poems of Wilfred Owen
(Wordsworth Poetry Library). Contains some 59 poems and fragments
by Wilfred Owen including all his most important war
poems. Texts are based on the 1931 Edmund Blunden edition of Owen's
poetry. Paperback. Not great quality paper. £3.99
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War Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen. Edited by Jon Stallworthy. Paperback. Each poem is accompanied by detailed notes describing the poem's origin, references, influences and special vocabulary
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Wilfred Owen's Letters
Wilfred Owen, Selected Letters, Oxford Paperbacks. Edited by Jon Bell. A selection of Owen's letters from 1902 to1918. - 326 of the original 673 letters, but containing almost all of Owen's letters from the war years. Valuable reading to help understand Owen's life and poetry. Currently (February 2010) only available second hand, at about £70-00.
Wilfred Owen's Life
Wilfred Owen: A Biography, by Jon Stallworthy. Oxford Paperbacks (1974). Professor Stallworthy's groundbreaking study of the life of Wilfred Owen. 330 pages. £15-99.
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Wilfred Owen: A New Biography by Dominic Hibberd. Hardcover (2002). Builds on Jon Stallworthy's earlier work. This is a tremendous work of research, insight, and comprehensive understanding by the foremost authority on Wilfred Owen. Hardcover £25.
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by Dominic Hibberd. Paperback.(2002). Builds on Jon Stallworthy's earlier work.
This is a tremendous work of research, insight, and comprehensive understanding
by the foremost authority on Wilfred Owen. Paperback, £12-99.
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Sassoon’s war poems
Biography of Sassoon
After a surprisingly long period of time the first full scale biography of Sassoon was published in hardback in 1998. Written by Jean Moorcroft Wilson it came out in two volumes. The one that will matter to most Sassoon war poetry readers is volume 1 which covers the years 1886 to 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, the making of a war poet, a biography, 1886-1918. It provides insight into Sassoon’s complex character, his very wealthy background and his life, friendships, thoughts and actions including his “wilful defiance of military authority” which resulted in Sassoon being detained in a psychiatric unit in Scotland . 600 pages. Available in paperback. Published by Duckworth £10-99.
Sassoon, Critical study
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Two collections of Edward
Thomas's poems with notes.
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Biography of Edward Thomas
Under Storm's Wing (Paperback)
Second World War
Geoffrey Scott Mowat was a Malayan Civil servant who became a volunteer. He survived four years of POW captivity. He dedicated the memorial plot for the Malayan Volunteer forces at the National Memorial Arboretum before he died in 2008. This is his story of life at the hands of the Japanese, his escape and survival.
The Casualties Were Small, by
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid - Jimmy Carter
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The cost of the war in Iraq
The Three Trillion Dollar War by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes
Published by W. W. Norton (USA) 2008 Hardback. 192 pages
Joseph Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize for Economics in2001 and was Chief Economic Advisor the World Bank. Linda Bilmes is a professor at Harvard where she specialises in public policy, budgeting and public finance.
The book examines the full cost of the Iraq War, including many hidden costs such as the enormous expenditures that will be required to care for very large numbers of wounded veterans.
Numerous US government studies including that of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office have suggested costs approaching those estimated by these authors.
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Books on how certain countries have BEHAVED IN RELATION TO international law
After the Second World War the US and UK were leaders in the establishment of international laws to prevent wars of aggression and to protect human rights. Unfortunately both countries have blatantly set aside international laws and subverted the United Nations to condone acts of aggression. I recommend two books (plus Behind the War on Terror, mentioned above) for insights into this topic.
Killing Hope - US and
CIA Interventions since World War II by William Blum. This gives, in
considerable detail and from publicly available records, an account of the
US Governments' behaviour around the world from China and North Korea in
the 1940s to the bombing of Iraq in 2003.
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and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules by Philippe Sands. Web of Deceit by Mark
Lawless World - America
and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules by Philippe Sands.
Web of Deceit by Mark
One measure of this opposition to the UN is the number of occasions it has gone against the general will of the UN Security Council by using its power to veto decisions. Mark Curtis comments, "Open defiance of the UN is a permanent feature of British foreign policy. In the last twenty-five years of the cold war, 1965-19990, Britain cast twice as many vetoes in the Security Council as the Soviet Union - twenty-seven compared to thirteen, mainly to support the racist regimes in south Africa and Rhodesia." (P 10.)
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"Scrupulously, relentlessly . . . rescues the historical and documentary record from a web of distortion and self-serving illusion." - Noam Chomsky.
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