Men and women who have a fascination for autobiographical works are perhaps understandably focused on among some of the most famous men and women that ever graced the earth. Men in particular, and particularly those who are somehow associated with the military industrial complex professionally should have allowed their fingers to grace the pages of the Art of War. You could call it the warmonger’s bible. Be that as it may, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Over a period of thousands of years, so many famous wars have been fought.
If recent memory is not dimmed, there are great wars of the last one hundred and twenty years or so that need to be studied in order to gain a better appreciation of how today’s industrial, economic, cultural and political societies have been shaped. And what may come in the future. Among the hundreds of books that have been written and published, the wwii biography is pivotal. Even so, no greater appreciation of this great war can be had if a study of the First World War has not been made.
It was a precursor, to be sure, to WWII. Indeed, as far as both world wars are concerned, the focus amongst a majority of historians has been on the politicians, the leaders and their generals. But it must be said that people with an interest in authentic autobiographical works would want to read a story told from the point of view of the lone soldier, the one who survived the trenches and lived to tell the tale.
The one who discovered an ancient continent and witnessed the fall of what could have been a great empire. Or the one who lost both his legs but lived to tell the tale.