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Remembered as a prescient futurist and writer of canonical science fiction, H. G. Wells was also a reluctant cheerleader for the Allied effort in the First World War. Though he declared himself a pacifist, the news articles he wrote in defense of the war in 1916 are collected in the book War and the Future, a classic of wartime journalistic propaganda. Wells describes his visits to the front in France and an unlikely meeting with the King of Italy, and manages to dodge censors with his occasional criticisms of British officers. Wells remains scrutinizing and thoughtful for a soapboxer and narrator Shelly Frasier's reading brings a clear-eyed intensity to this memorable work.
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Among the best I've read from Wells
I love some of Wells' science fiction and novels, but my favorite of his books are nonfiction. Stuff like the "Outline", "Anticipations", "Mankind in the Making", and this. He had such a talent to see the bigger picture, even in the midst of the Great War in a society that was saturated with nationalistic propaganda, he always sees humanity as it is.
Shelley's reading is excellent and fits the somber tone of the book, although sometimes it made me want to fall asleep.
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