Douglas & McIntyre
Back to the Front

Book details:

May 1997
ISBN 978-1-55054-577-7
Paperback - Trade
6" x 9"
218 pages
Military
History
$18.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Back to the Front

An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War I

A rich and sobering exploration of war—and of the meaning of history—that will engage general readers and military buffs alike.


The Western Front, the sinuous, deadly line of trenches that stretched from the English Channel to Switzerland during the First World War, also formed a scar on the imaginative landscape of our century.

On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, armed only with a backpack, a compass and a silver hip flask, Stephen O'Shea set out to walk the trenches of the Western Front. In this account of his 750-kilometre trek, he brings a refreshing sensibility to bear on the peculiar countryside that was once no man’s land. Travelling in the company of barking dogs, voluble village eccentrics and the ghosts of battles long past, he seeks a forgotten sense of history and a link to the grandfathers––both Irish soldiers in the Great War––he never knew.

About the Author

Stephen  O'Shea

Stephen O'Shea

Stephen O'Shea is a historian and the acclaimed author of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World, The Perfect Heresy: ...

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