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Soldiers Don't Go Mad by Charles Glass
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Jun 06, 2023 | ISBN 9781984877956

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“Thoroughly researched and lucidly written, this is an immersive look at the healing power of art and a forceful indictment of the inhumanity of war.” Publishers Weekly

“In Soldiers Don’t Go Mad, Charles Glass has created a remarkable chronicle of the timeless interplay between war’s destructive but also creative forces. This is a story of friendship and of art, of war and of madness, and the way the former might save us from the latter.” —Elliot Ackerman, author of The Fifth Act: America’s End in Afghanistan
“Novels and films have been devoted to Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, but Charles Glass’s elegant non-fiction account has an indelible poetry of its own. Surprise and suspense, character and conviction, horror and heroism are seamlessly woven together in a fast-moving narrative. The contrasting settings—an idyllic retreat in Scotland for officers suffering from ‘shell shock’ versus the hell of trench warfare ‘where youth and laughter go’—will break your heart.” —Christopher Benfey, author of If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years
“A riveting history of Scotland’s Craiglockhart War Hospital, a progressive and peculiar oasis for British officers at a time when mental illness among soldiers was all too often dismissed as cowardice. Charles Glass chronicles the lives of the shell-shocked, from the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen to uncelebrated men whose stories demand our attention, and devotes the same nuance and grace to their deeply compassionate physicians. Soldiers Don’t Go Mad is a timely, essential reminder that wars carry on well beyond the truces and treaties that formally end them.” —Elizabeth D. Samet, author of Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness
“Not only a beautifully written book, but an extremely important one. While writing a poignant chronicle of the patients and doctors who sought to overcome battlefield ‘shell-shock’ at the Craiglockhart War Hospital in World War I, Glass has also penned a profound testimonial on the resilience of the human spirit, of the bonds forged between those caught in the maws of war, and those who would help them.  A splendid and haunting achievement.” —Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia and The Quiet Americans

“A lucid, comprehensive and highly engaging account of a watershed in British medical and literary history.” —Sebastian Faulks, author of Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, and Snow Country

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