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This is an auction for WE WILL NOT FIGHT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR ONE'S CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS, by Will Ellsworth-Jones.

"It is by now a rare experience to read a book on WWI which seems wholly fresh and original, but this is such a book. A significant and fascinating contribution to our understanding of the period, and one which deserves to be widely read."
- Publishing News (UK)

Amazon.com review:

"In June 1916 Philip Brocklesby, a second lieutenant just arrived in Boulogne, slipped away from his regiment in an attempt to see his brother, who had been imprisoned nearby. It wasn't the enemy who were holding Bert but his own army. Bert, along with 34 other conscientious objectors, had been court marshalled for refusing to fight, and was waiting to hear if he would be sentenced to death. The meeting was happy and affectionate, but both brothers knew it may be their last. In WE WILL NOT FIGHT Will Ellsworth-Jones explores the history of conscientious objection in World War I, charting the experiences of the men who took a stand despite being stigmatised, vilified and facing death. This book also considers the men's lasting legacy. Without the courage of men such as Bert who were prepared to die for their beliefs, we wouldn't have the freedom to voice our beliefs and protest at our government's involvement in conflict. At the end of this book, readers will ask themselves whether they would have had the courage not to fight. Packed with unpublished letters, diaries, memoir extracts and oral interviews, WE WILL NOT FIGHT is a fascinating look at conscientious objection in WWI, and its legacy."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2007.

296 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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