Zeppelin Nights

Zeppelin Nights

London in the First World War

Book - 2015
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Random House, Inc.
A unique look at London during the First World War, seen through the eyes of the people who lived there by an acclaimed writer who 'is to London as Boswell is to Johnson'.
11pm, Tuesday August 4, 1914: with the declaration of war London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers pass through the capital on their way to the front; wounded men are brought back to be treated in London's hospitals; and millions of shells are produced in its factories.
The war changes London life for ever. Women escape the drudgery of domestic service to work as munitionettes. Full employment puts money into the pockets of the London poor for the first time. Self-appointed moral guardians seize the chance to clamp down on drink, frivolous entertainment and licentious behaviour. As the war drags on, gloom often descends on the capital. And at night London is plunged into darkness for fear of German bombers and Zeppelins that continue to raid the city.
Yet despite daily casualty lists, food shortages and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas and theatres, dance halls and shebeens, firmly resolved not to let Germans or puritans spoil their enjoyment. Peopled with patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, Jerry White's magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing city.

Gardners
London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are brought back to be treated in hospitals and millions of shells are produced in its factories. This book presents the determination of Londoners to get on with their lives in the backdrop of a war.

Independent Publishing Group
A Guardian Best Book of the Year 2014. 11pm, Tuesday August 4, 1914: with the declaration of war, London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers pass through the capital on their way to the front; wounded men are brought back to be treated in London’s hospitals; and millions of shells are produced in its factories. The war changes London life forever. Women escape the drudgery of domestic service to work as munitionettes. Full employment puts money into the pockets of the London poor for the first time. Self-appointed moral guardians seize the chance to clamp down on drink, frivolous entertainment, and licentious behavior. As the war drags on, gloom often descends on the capital. And at night, London is plunged into darkness for fear of German bombers and Zeppelins that continue to raid the city. Yet despite daily casualty lists, food shortages, and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas and theaters, dance halls, and shebeens, firmly resolved not to let Germans or puritans spoil their enjoyment. Peopled with patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, Jerry White’s magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing city.


Publisher: London :, Vintage Books,, 2015
Description: 356 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780099556046
Branch Call Number: 942.1083 Whi

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