"The Great Was and Modern Memory" examines world war I through its literature. It's an interesting topic, and I've recently become interested in the first world war. This not a light read. It's also not something to pick up if you aren't already familiar with the literary works of the era. I'm familiar with the poets and have read most of the post war novels, but I confess at times I seemed to spend more time looking up works for reference than actually reading! This isn't a bad thing, but it's something to be aware of. You should also have a working knowledge of the events of the war, as the book tends to leap from topic to topic. Regarding my rating: while I think the research is well done and the conclusions interesting, I did not think the book was arranged in a sensible way. Some of the topics seemed to be stretched a bit thin. And in its discussion of homosexuality during the war it seems a bit dated, though no doubt it was fresh when the book was originally published. I give the book a solid four stars, with the caveat that it should not be your introduction to the subject.