Author(s): Sarah Wallis; Svetlana Palmer
This is a portrait of World War I through the letters and diaries of its participants, recently uncovered during extensive research across 28 countries for the 10-part Channel 4 series, The First World War, showing during autumn 2003. itself and from all sides of the conflict. Their testimony - from that of one of Franz Ferdinand's assassins, to the final entry from a French soldier as he revisits the battlefield in 1919 - recounts the complex history of a war whose repercussions changed the world irrevocably.
Sarah Wallis has worked as a researcher and producer on a number of contemporary and historical films about Europe, including the BBC's award-winning People's Century. Svetlana Palmer was born in Moscow and educated in Russia and Britain, where she has lived since 1990. She too is a researcher and producer and her credits include The Cold War and The Second World War In Colour. This is their first book.