Author and journalist Adam Hochschild, whose account of World War I as experienced by Great Britain won the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for best nonfiction, will speak at Wright State as part of the university’s Peace Talks series.
Hochschild will speak and be part of a discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 165 Brehm Lab from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Hochschild began his journalism career as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and later worked as a magazine editor and writer at Ramparts and Mother Jones. His work has been published in the The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine and other newspapers and magazines.
Hochschild’s 2005 book, Bury the Chains, was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent book, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, is titled To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
The Washington Post wrote that Hochschild was drawn to World War I by its terrible deadlock, the “astonishingly lethal” toll it took on the British ruling classes and the way it forever shattered the self-assured Europe of emperors waving from horse-drawn carriages.
“He chose, however, not to write a conventional narrative history of the war—which, after all, has been done before, and in some cases done very well—but to concentrate on the war as undergone by those in Britain who took diametrically opposing views of it,” the Post wrote.
Hochschild’s address at Wright State is co-sponsored by the WSU Peace Lecture Committee and the departments of English and history.