Silent Night by Stanley Weintraub audiobook

Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce

By Stanley Weintraub
Read by Edward Holland

Random House Audio
5.74 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781415911600

In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer. Throughout his narrative, Stanley Weintraub uses the stories of the men who were there, as well as their letters and diaries, to illuminate the fragile truce and bring to life this extraordinary moment in time.

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Summary

Summary

In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer. Throughout his narrative, Stanley Weintraub uses the stories of the men who were there, as well as their letters and diaries, to illuminate the fragile truce and bring to life this extraordinary moment in time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Reveals [Weintraub's] skill as a researcher and deftness as a narrator. Publishers Weekly
"Weintraub does an excellent job of preserving for posterity this remarkable wartime truce. The New American
Deeply moving. The Boston Globe
Weintraub has brought an obscure and bizarre incident to life with a flair that gives the reader a detailed glimpse of a unique Christmas story. The Seattle Times
“This is an emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer.” Booklist (starred review)
“Weintraub wonders at the close of this inspired study, would have happened if the soldiers on both sides had refused to take up arms again? His counterfactual scenarios are intriguing, and well worth pondering.”  Amazon.com, editorial review

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Author Bio: Stanley Weintraub

Author Bio: Stanley Weintraub

Stanley Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist and a former Guggenheim fellow. A professor emeritus of arts and humanities at Penn State University, he is the author of numerous histories and biographies, including Silent Night and 11 Days in December, and is an expert on George Bernard Shaw. He lives in Newark, Delaware.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English